Scrabulous Gets Shut Down

Well the time for Scrabulous may have just come. As Caroline McCarthy pointed out this morning, the Scrabulous application is no longer running. When you visit the application a box appears that simply says “Scrabulous is disabled for US and Canadian users until further notice. If you would like to stay informed about developments in this matter, please click here.” The link then continues to a page that requests user email addresses.

The signs don’t look too good for Scrabulous who was sued last week by Hasbro. While we don’t officially know that this is the cause of the application being shut down, we do know that Scrabulous has been facing some heat from Hasbro for months now. Just a few weeks ago, Hasbro launched the official version of Scrabble on Facebook and after facing an uphill battle for new users, it looks like the company has turned to the law for protection.

Is this the last that we’ve heard from the Argarwalla brothers who developed the application? Right now We are completely unsure as no comment has been made yet from the dynamic duo. I’m hoping to receive a comment later today so I will be sure to update this post, if and when I do.

Rajat Argarwalla has forwarded me the following statement on behalf of the Scrabulous team:

Facebook has informed us that they have received a legal notice from Hasbro in reference to the Scrabulous application. In deference to Facebook’s concerns and without prejudice to our legal rights, we have had to restrict our fans in USA and Canada from accessing the Scrabulous application on Facebook until further notice.

This is an unfortunate event and not something that we are very pleased about, especially as Mattel has been pursuing the matter in Indian courts for the past few months.

We will sincerely hope to bring to our fans brighter news in the days to come.

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