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Brighton Scrabble protest over changes to popular word game
11:30am Tuesday 16th July 2013 in News
Players of Mattel’s Facebook-based Scrabble have got their vowels in a knot over changes made to the game.
On Saturday more than 170 protest Scrabble parties were staged in 10 countries using the traditional boards.
Online anger against Mattel has been building up since the company launched the new version of Scrabble on May 27.
Many of the 3.5 million online players are angry the new game has wiped players’ game histories.
Sally Kennedy, 54, organised an event in Preston Park. She said: “Mattel have destroyed the Scrabble we grew up with.”
“For the past three years, I have played GameHouse Scrabble. Overnight Mattel took this game/app and changed it – without any warning – to a very inferior version of the real game. No one, not one player, however much they enjoy the game, can play this new version of the game any longer.
It is no longer Scrabble.”
A Facebook page called Bring Back The Scrabble We Love, with 3,259 members, describes itself as a group of Scrabble players “from all over the world to unite against Mattel and their destruction of our game and our online community”.
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