Why brothers’ Facebook homage to Scrabble spells L-A-W-S-U-I-T

Posted on January 20, 2008 

Why brothers’ Facebook homage to Scrabble spells L-A-W-S-U-I-T

It is Facebook’s most popular game, giving 2.4 million Scrabble addicts worldwide a way to get their fix online. But the web addiction that is Scrabulous may be shut down after the makers of the board game claimed the electronic version was a breach of copyright.

Created last summer by two brothers from Kolkata, Rajat Agarwalla, 26, and Jayant, 21, Scrabulous has become an internet phenomenon. Revenue from advertising alone makes the pair, the younger of whom is still at university, $25,000 (£13,000) a month.

Facebook has produced a mini-industry in new programs for the social networking site’s 60 million users. Companies have launched thousands of features, allowing users to swap reviews of books and music with their friends, build and race virtual cars, or buy virtual drinks. More than 1 million people a day use an application to compare cinematic tastes. Scrabulous attracts 600,000 daily users, and Texas HoldEm Poker has 435,000 players every day.

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