Scrabble change prompts anger

John Lewis and Abigail Cottrill are holding a scrabble protest at Facebook's treatment of it's online scrabble fans worldwide.'p309c325
John Lewis and Abigail Cottrill are holding a scrabble protest at Facebook's treatment of it's online scrabble fans worldwide.'p309c325

Scrabble fans have staged a protest in Pontefract town centre against changes to its online version which they say has ruined the game.

John Lewis, 50, organised the protest after Mattel and EA changed the format of the online Scrabble game, which fans play through Facebook.

The changes have wiped players’ high scores, changed the layout and introduced adverts at the end of each turn. It also means players can no longer choose their opponents.

John, who has also organised an online petition which has garnered nearly 5,000 signatures, said: “When Mattel decided to change the game, they appear to have not taken into account the degree to which Scrabble players love their game.

“In a sense it’s pretty trivial, but for lots of people it’s an important part of their lives, and they’ve established friendships through playing, and that has been taken away.

“It’s been very unpopular and many are boycotting the new Scrabble. People are pretty determined about it.”