Hasbro has decided to drop a lawsuit against the makers of Scrabulous, a popular online version of Scrabble, on Friday, according to documents filed in the US District Court in New York seen by the Associated Press. The documents, however, do not cite a reason on Hasbro’s decision to drop the case.
Jayant and Rajat Agarwalla, brothers from Calcutta, India, made the online, non-authorised, version of the popular game Scrabble after they could not find an online version they liked. The game became popular once it became a Facebook app, and became one of the popular activities until it blocked users from the United States, then worldwide, due to copyright infringement lawsuits.
Scrabulous no longer exisits in name, as of September 26 of this year, because of a decision in the Delhi High Court were not allowed to use the name Scrabulous, Scrabble or any other name that has a “similar sounding” to the words. They, however, were allowed to still allowed to run the game. It’s new name is Lexuclous.
During the intial demise, the brothers modified the game and relaunched it as Wordscraper so players from the United States and Canada would be able to play the game, even though the Scrabulous application was removed from Facebook.
Hasbro has the rights for Scrabble in North America, while Mattel has the rights for the rest of the world. The popularity of the Scrabulous application saw both Mattel and Hasbro creating official applications, blocking out users who are not part of the region where either company has the rights to the game. However, neither game managed to replicate the success of Scrabulous, even though the game was removed from Facebook.
Both parties have not made a comment yet on the latest details of this case.