Scrabulous Disappears from Facebook in the UK and Australia

A month after the Agarwalla brothers took Scrabulous offline in North America, Scrabulous has disappeared for Facebook users in the UK and Australia, and other locations around the world. The icon and link has been completely removed from bookmarks and the recently visited application list and, although a search for the game is still possible, the user is greeted by a page with the following message:

So – is Scrabulous gone for good, or will it be replaced by the less contentious Wordscraper in the near future as it was in the US and Canada?

Update: Jayant Agarwalla, one of the developers of Scrabulous, just issued the following statement:

Sometime on 22nd August, Facebook took the unfortunate decision to restrict most users from accessing Scrabulous. This was in response to Mattel sending them a “take down notice” on 14th August.

Mattel itself had approached the Indian Courts in February 2008, seeking an order for taking down Scrabulous from Facebook and other servers. The Hon’ble High Court has reserved judgment in this matter after hearing both parties. It surprises us that Mattel chose to direct Facebook to take down Scrabulous without waiting for the Hon’ble High Court’s decision. Mattel’s action speaks volumes about their business practices and respect for the judiciary.

It is even more astonishing that Facebook, which claims to be a fair and neutral party, took this step even though they were fully aware of the circumstances under which the Mattel letter was sent to them.

We now await the decision of the Hon’ble High Court and shall accordingly decide our future course of action with regard to Scrabulous.

We wish to thank our fans for their continued support and hope to give them the best results sooner than later.

Facebook Marketing

Mediabistro Event

Facebook Marketing

Starting January 13, work with the group marketing manager of social media at Microsoft/BingAds to grow your business on Facebook! In this course, you’ll learn how to set up your company page, understand Facebook best practices, and execute a monthly content strategy. Register now!

 

Leave a Reply

3 Responses to “Scrabulous Disappears from Facebook in the UK and Australia”

  1. Scrabulous’ last gasp? Facebook app disappears overseas » VentureBeat says:

    [...] the popular Facebook application based on the board game Scrabble, has been shut down in the United Kingdom, Australia and elsewhere around the world. According to a statement from developer Jayant Agarwalla, who created the application with his [...]

  2. virginia says:

    How sad this is I enjoyed my games with my son in UK.

  3. Simon Mitchell says:

    Has anyone tried Bananagrams. It is a very fast, fun and addictive word game on Facebook?

Get the latest news in your inbox
interested in advertising with inside facebook?

Social Media Jobs
of the Day

Assistant Editor

8 Inc.
New York, NY

Copywriter & Editor

GlobeOne
Santa Monica, CA

Director of Marketing & Communications

Neumans' Kitchen
New York, NY

Social Community Manager

VISIT FLORIDA
Tallahassee, FL

Editorial Director

Phoenix House
New York, NY

Featured Company

Join leading companies like this one and recruit from the nation's top media job seekers on the Mediabistro Job Board. Every job post comes with our satisfaction guarantee. Learn More
 

Our Sponsors

Mediabistro A division of Prometheus Global Media home | site map | advertising/sponsorships | careers | contact us | help courses | browse jobs | freelancers | content | member benefits | reprints & permissions terms of use | privacy policy Copyright © 2014 Mediabistro Inc. call (212) 389-2000 or email us