Online Scrabble Craze Leaves Game Sellers at Loss for Words

The companies that own the rights to the Scrabble board game say Scrabulous, a popular online knockoff, is piracy.The latest bane of office productivity is Scrabulous, a virtual knockoff of the Scrabble board game, with over 700,000 players a day and nearly three million registered users.The extremely popular game Scrabulous is played primarily on the Facebook social-networking site.Fans of the game are obsessive. They play against friends, co-workers, family members and strangers, and many have several games going at once.Everyone seems to love the online game — everyone, that is, except the companies that own the rights to Scrabble: Hasbro, which sells it in North America, and Mattel, which markets it everywhere else.In January, they denounced Scrabulous as piracy and threatened legal action against its creators, two brothers in Calcutta named Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla who run a software development company. Both Hasbro and Mattel said they were hoping for a solution that would not force them to shut down the game.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/02/business/02game.html

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