Not only was Scrabulous the favorite way for Facebook employees to whittle away their work hours, but it was a favorite application to some 600,000 daily active users. The game that mimics Hasbro and Mattel’s Scrabble game has indeed become too popular for its own good, and the owners of Scrabble have asked Facebook to shut down the game application.
In true Facebook fashion, a group was formed to help save Scrabulous, but to no avail. It looks like Facebook has complied, as the application is no longer active. There’s now an error page where the board game application used to be. And while it hasn’t been confirmed that Scrabulous is gone forever, this recent development appears to show Facebook’s compliance with Hasbro and Mattel.
While I can appreciate the commercial considerations behind reigning in the popular game, I think this is just idiocy on the part of Hasbro. It should rather have sought to form a partnership with Scrabulous’ makers.
In the meantime, my wife has moved on to another game whereas before she played Scrabulous religiously. Really not the brightest move ever.
Update: Ok, maybe it isn’t dead yet. Hopefully it sticks around a bit longer.