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Scrabulous Is No More

Posted by on Jul 29, 2008

I think we all saw this one coming. Scrabulous, the highly popular yet copyright infringing game on Facebook, has been abruptly pulled without notice, freaking out over 500,000 people who had made it a daily, sometimes every single minute, fun waste of time. Yeah, I played, and enjoyed myself also, and I’m sad to see it go.

I thought the creators of the game, Rajat Agarwalla and Jayant Agarwalla from India, were greedy when, earlier this year, Hasbro, the owners of Scrabble, made them an offer that, in my mind, was generous, especially since it was a stolen idea. Instead, the countered, wanting more than $11 million; that wasn’t happening. So, Hasbro developed their own game for Facebook, then lowered the boom and demanded that Facebook pull Scrabulous, and they did.

So, now I’ll probably move over to the legitimate version of the game on the site, though I’m not sure if I’ll immediately head over there or wait a couple of days before switching. I have to think about it. I can waste a lot of time playing there, but these days, I’m sitting in a hotel room during the week with a terrible internet connection, and because of that it keeps making me sign in, even during my interactions on the site, and that’s irritating as sin. But we’ll see.

Goodbye, Scrabulous; it’s been a wonderful ride.

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And sadly, it’s only gone in the U.S. and Canada; users with IP addresses outside of those two countries are still welcome to use it.

I started a few games of the licensed version of Scrabble (done by Electronic Arts), but they pulled it while they develop things like getting rid of the annoying animation; I also wonder if it will be able to handle the traffic load, as it’s a fairly heavy app.

So, anyway, I’m Scrabble-less for now (unless I want to try to figure out how to navigate the Scrabulous Web site, which includes the ability to play against a computerized bot), unless someone wants to bring a board and meet me for lunch.

July 29th, 2008 | 9:08 PM

I just noticed you had challenged me to a game, went there, and it was immediately down. Sigh! I’ll probably check again tomorrow night at some point, but it’s not off to the best of starts, that’s for sure.

July 29th, 2008 | 9:41 PM

I loved this game…and yes it became a part of my daily ritual of getting on the computer…I just hope I can find something close to the same thing.

July 31st, 2008 | 11:50 AM

Hi Amber,

I’m sure we’ll find something else. Heck, you’ve already found Pathwords, though it’s somewhat confusing in the long run.

July 31st, 2008 | 11:32 PM