Scrabulous Returns to Facebook as Wordscraper

Earlier this week Hasbro DMCA’d Scrabulous right off of Facebook.

But the popular Scrabble knockoff has returned with a new name – Wordscraper – and a slightly new look.

Cnet reports:

The game has effectively returned, but with a redesigned board, a few original play options, a different points tabulation system, and a new name…


The reason for Scrabulous‘ extreme makeover has its roots in some pretty gray legal matters: the real problem wasn’t that it ripped off Scrabble, but that it ripped off Scrabble so blatantly. The colors of the board were the same, the list of rules led to a Wikipedia entry for Scrabble rules, and the two names were similar enough for Hasbro to cry foul…


So will this end the legal spat? Maybe… Many other games on Facebook bear strong-but-not-too-strong resemblances to board games like Battleship and Risk, but so far haven’t encountered the same corporate scrutiny.


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