Scrabulous App Turned Off For US And Canadian Users On Facebook

by DB on July 30, 2008

Hasbro has the rights to the popular board game scrabble in the US. It has finally forced the popular online version created by an Indian duo to go offline on Facebook for US and Canadian users.

Rajat Agarwalla - one of the founders of Scrabulous

Scrabulous was launched in July 2006 by brothers Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, from Kolkata, India and has a huge fan following of its own. A Facebook application by the same name was made available to users of Facebook and Scarbulous instantly became one of the most used applications on Facebook. According to the Facebook application page for Scrabulous, the application has over half a million daily active users. Scrabulous is said to be making about $25,000 a month and this shutdown for North American users would mean a big drop in that income.

Hasbro had filed a suit in New York earlier naming Scrabulous and its owners Rajat Agarwalla and Jayant Agarwalla as the defendants. Hasbro had also served a notice to Facebook under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act alleging infringement on its intellectual property. Hasbro also introduced its own ‘Electronic Arts’ built Scrabble game on Facebook for US and canadian users. This app only has a small following on Facebook and is no where closed to Scrabulous’ big numbers. A ‘Save Scrabulous’ campaign was also started by fans on Facebook to support Scrabulous.

According to NYT, a Facebook spokesman has confirmed that Scrabulous was disabled on Facebook at the request of its creators.

For die hard fans of Scrabulous, you can still play Scrabulous on their website. Rajat and Jayant have also launched an online chess game on Facebook. Lets hope no one else claims rights on the game of chess.

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