Tag Archives: scrabulous
Thu, Jul 31, 2008 | 08:56 BST
Facebook app Scrabulous is fighting the law: the law’s winning. As a result of ongoing litigations with Scrabble IP-owner Hasbro, the Scrabble clone is no longer sitting pretty on the social networking site.
Users who attempt to log into Scrabulous, instead of engaging in a rousing session of time-wasting fun, now receive a succinct message prompting them to sign up for a mailing list that will send out updates about Scrabulous’ status.
We can’t help but wonder why Hasbro didn’t simply purchase Scrabulous and feed off the app’s existing user base, but it looks like they instead chose to roll the dice.
You do that in Scrabble, right?
Fri, Jul 25, 2008 | 06:27 BST
Hasbro’s announced the launch of legal action against the creators of Facebook’s Scrabulous.
The news comes after the firm request that the Scrabble-alike be removed from the networking site earlier this year fell on deaf ears: you can still play the game while managing your online popularity.
“Hasbro has an obligation to act appropriately against infringement of our intellectual properties,” said Barry Nagler, Hasbro’s General Counsel.
“We view the Scrabulous application as clear and blatant infringement of our Scrabble intellectual property, and we are pursuing this legal action in accordance with the interests of our shareholders, and the integrity of the Scrabble brand.”
EA is currently working on iPod and iPhone versions of the classic word game, for release this year.
Tue, Jul 08, 2008 | 06:45 BST
EA spokeswoman Trudy Muller said the video game maker’s offering would be “an authorized, licensed Scrabble game experience that people familiar with Scrabble can instantly recognize as Scrabble.”
Apparently, the rights for Scrabble are split between the US and Europe, which means you won’t be able to play the game with your Facebook friends over the pond. Genius. More through the link.