| 4:37 pm on Jul 29, 2008 (gmt 0)|
One article I read (and this was many months ago) claimed that the Ajarwallas were earning over $10K per day via advertising. I can't confirm this, so take it with a grain of paprika... anyways I don't harbour much pity for their legal situation.
For those interested in the details, here's the lawsuit [graphics8.nytimes.com]. They're not stringing the Ajarwallas up by their toes, they're just forcing them to stop the infringement, though I'll admit it deserves a more thorough reading.
This, IMO, is more interesting news than the YHOO/MSFT debacle. It has a real David and Goliath drama to it, and so far the Goliath has been playing very fair.
| 5:46 pm on Jul 29, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Odd that they haven't reached a buyout deal. Maybe Hasbro was waiting for this shoe to drop before pressing for a final price and decision.
| 7:20 pm on Jul 29, 2008 (gmt 0)|
They clearly stole another company's invention and profited massively from it. They should be in jail IMO.
|Odd that they haven't reached a buyout deal. Maybe Hasbro was waiting for this shoe to drop before pressing for a final price and decision |
Are you serious? Hasbro should take it and sue them for everything they made from that stolen property. Why should Hasbro pay criminals for stealing their stuff?
| 10:24 pm on Jul 29, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Because Hasbro realized that in not making an online and/or facebook connected version of their game, they had sadly underserviced the people who enjoy playing it. Scrabble is a hugely popular pastime, with official dictionaries, and international tournaments... It took the popularity of Scrabulous for Hasbro to realize that this whole "web" thing might be worth looking into...
A buyout deal would have been ideal, for Hasbro, for the Ajarwalla brothers, and for the public. An official "merger" and re-issue of Scrabulous, hyped by Hasbro, with killer UI upgrade by game-makers EA... could have been the game-launch of the year.
At any rate, I admire Hasbro for waiting until they had an official replacement ready before nuking the Indian knock-off app. Pity that we can't import our accumulated Scrabulous stats into the new official version.
| 10:31 pm on Jul 29, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Also a pity that the various license-owners for Scrabble couldn't get together to offer international gameplay; players in Canada/US are siloed in the North American version, unable to play against Scrabblers in Europe and elsewhere
| 10:40 pm on Jul 29, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Also a pity that the new Scrabble app doesn't have one feature that made Scrabulous awesome: the ability to connect with really good players who aren't in my friend list... and it's buggy as all get-out. The discussion board is swarmed with people yelling about how inferior it is. dialog boxes that "freeze" and have no cancel option, slow-loading superfuous Flash animation...
I'm in there now and I can't even start playing a game. Very disappointing. This isn't a "beta", it's a glitzy, rushed and feature-poor Alpha.