The nail has finally been driven into the coffin on Scrabulous on Facebook. The popular Scrabble clone has been shut down for US and Canadian Facebook users by order of the Facebook overlords.
According to David Swain, a Facebook spokesman, Facebook "decided in the middle of the night to disable the application in the U.S. and Canada.”
“We’re trying to maintain just being a neutral platform," claims Facebook. This is odd to us, because being neutral suggests that Facebook wouldn't take any action between Scrabulous.com and Hasbro, which owns the rights to the original Scrabble game.
The game is still available on Scrabulous.com, but requires a user account and doesn't interface with the social-networking aspects of Facebook.
Hasbro runs their own official Scrabble application on Facebook, which was developed by Electronic Arts and is currently in beta. It's also currently being overrun by angry Scrabulous fans that are upset with the loss of their beloved game.
Hasbro's version has an average rating of 1.4 out of 5 from 93 user reviews. Scrabulous, though disabled, has a rating of 4.2 out of 5 from 299 reviews. You be the judge.
New York Times: Game Over: Scrabulous Shut Down on Facebook