The creators of Scrabulous, the popular Facebook application based on Scrabble, have blocked the game for users in the US and Canada following legal action taken by Hasbro. The Calcutta-based developers of Scrabulous, Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, are being sued by Hasbro for breach of copyright and trademark.
Scrabulous is one of the most popular applications on Facebook with over 500,000 daily users. A spokesman for the social networking giant has told the BBC that the decision to suspend the popular word game application was taken by the Agarwalla brothers and not by the site itself.
The move comes on the back of the North American release of Hasbro and Electric Arts' official version of Scrabble for Facebook. The news hasn't gone down well with Scrabulous' North American disciples. The majority of users are thoroughly cheesed off at no longer being able to rack up triple word scores during their coffee break. It remains to be seen if they'll make the switch to the official version.