Oh no! Scrabulous has been taken down from Facebook at the request of the Agarwalla brothers who can apparently see the writing on the wall and might be hoping to mitigate their damages. (The battle between Scrabble copyright owners Hasbro and the creators of Scrabulous started about a year ago when it was first launched on Facebook.) According to the ProJo the Agarwallas have blocked the game in the United States and Canada; the brothers state that they will continue to pursue their legal defense. Mattel owns the overseas rights to Scrabble, and has launched its own online version. But people playing on the Hasbro version (at Club Pogo*) can’t play with their Mattel counterparts and the whole thing is a big mess. Hasbro’s case against Scrabulous is as strong as these things ever get, but will they win the battle only to lose the war? Have they forever alienated the roughly 3 million fanatically loyal players registered with Scrabulous? Stay tuned.
*Club Pogo seems to have some kinks to work out. I clicked on Scrabble and the screen gave me two options — ‘the United States and Canada’ or ‘other countries’. Curious about what this last could possibly mean I clicked on it to find a screen that said ‘Sorry’ etc. But then I couldn’t get out of that and back to the ‘United States’ not back through ‘home’ not no way, not no how. Okay Hasbro, there’s a couple of brothers in India who could probably figure this out for you.