Hasbro drops lawsuit against Scrabulous creators
Do we need to spell it out to you?
Toy maker Hasbro Inc has dropped a lawsuit it filed against Scrabulous creator RJ Softwares.
The company said it has withdrawn the suit after the Indian IT firm made changes to its Lexulous and Wordscraper online games.
Hasbro told Reuters that the deal "provides people in the US and Canada with a choice of different games and also avoids potentially lengthy and costly litigation".
In July this year Hasbro set the legal dogs on Scrabulous, the popular Facebook-based Scrabble knock-off, saying it infringed on the intellectual property rights of the board game.
It first expressed displeasure at Scrabulous' aping of Scrabble's rules and look back in January. Many Facebook users had hoped that Hasbro might simply buy the game, which accumulated hundreds of thousands of players.
Scrabulous was later removed from Facebook, following a DMCA take-down order from Hasbro.
Its creators, Rajat Agarwalla and Jayant Agarwalla, then unleashed Lexulous on Facebook saddos - a game which Hasbro grumbled still had similarities to Scrabble. ®
best selling board game for 15 years!
Scrabble has recently been independently judged the UK's #1 selling
board game for 2008, for the first time in 15 years. It would be
interesting to know whether this is due to the 60th anniversary
promotions, a general resurgence in board games, the credit crunch or
the massive publicity boost from Scrabulous early in the year. My
guess would be that it's 90% the last of those things...
Here's a link to an article in the telegraph http://tiny.cc/CyC5e
You got a free Scrabble CD, yes
(I have the same one in fact)
But this will be fully licensed, paid for and agreed with Mattel! Not the same thing at all...
...ever admitted whether or not their sales of an ancient geeks-only board game spiked after Scrabulous arrived? I was watching their results a while back and waiting for one of their analysts to ask. But of course, when did an analyst ask a question we actually wanted the answer to - like 'do you have lots of money invested in really, really dodgy subprime loans?'
See, the answer to this may provide an answer to whether or not they should have bought a share in Scrabulous or something (or insisted on a free share and then tagged it with their logo).