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article imageChanges to Scrabble app angers players

By Tim Sandle     Jun 16, 2013 in Entertainment
The Scrabble app for mobile devices was updated this month as part of the sale of the program to Electronic Arts. The changes have led to angry messages from players.
Recently Mattel, owners of the Scrabble board game, handed over the popular app version to the computer games company Electronic Arts (EA). This wasn't a simple handover however; EA proceeded to make a number of changes which have angered longstanding players of the word game.
According to the BBC players are angry because their player histories have been wiped, the dictionary has changed and the board no longer refreshes itself after a turn.
Many players have taken to Facebook to express their annoyance and many have called upon the old version to be restored.
For example a quick look at the time of writing shows many complaints still rolling in. To tie in with father's day, one player has written "Shame dads can't play scrabble cos you ruined it!!!!!!!"; a second reads " the scrabble moment when u realise how only pure arrogance can fly in the face of such overwhelming opposition to the new format.. and STILL you just give the lot of us The Finger! Aw well!"; and another has simply written "I want the old scrabble back."
An alternative Facebook group set up by players called "please bring back the Scrabble we love" has more close to 3,000 members.
A spokeswoman for Mattel has said: "We produce the board game but we're not experts in electronics."
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