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Scrabulous - Game Over

by Sachin Balagopalan on July 29, 2008 · 2 comments

Looks like Hasbro/Mattel won this one. In typical big company fashion they let loose their slimy lawyers on the Agarwalla brothers who in the end had to acquiesce. Apparently it was the brother’s decision and not Facebook’s to shut it down. Well it’s understandable - they don’t quite have the resources to take on a huge company so in all probability the good old greenback was the reason they gave up. I was hoping they would stick around and fight the bullies and perhaps someone with deep pockets should have helped them stay in the game if indeed money was the issue.

Well the good news is if you don’t live in the U.S or Canada you can still play the game on Facebook. If you live in North America you can still go to www.scrabulous.com and play all you want. Hasbro/Mattel may have succeeded in getting the game off Facebook but they have and are still loosing a lot of goodwill IMO. What the brain trust at Hasbro/Mattell seemed to have forgotten or perhaps not even realized is prior to the Scrabulous phenomenon no one cared about Scrabble. By making the game available online Scrabulous managed to not only get the older members of Facebook interested in the game again but brought along a whole new generation of teenagers and twenty somethings as well. It’s hard to gauge what the long term impact is going to be.

The final analysis IMO - For the Agarwalla brothers some valuable lessons have been learned about corporate America. They are young and this experience will probably only make them better and stronger. I don’t think they are going to be hurting - if nothing else there will be plenty of opportunities for them in the future.

For Hasbro/Mattell - well they will still continue to be a “big” company. Enough said.


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