Things are heating up in the Scrabble fandom.
The world’s most famous word game has recently received a new digital incarnation titled Scrabble Go, which is set to replace the older Scrabble mobile app. It was Scopely, the company that owns the entire Scrabble franchise — and the developers who filled the app to the brim with new features.
But now the users are launching a petition begging the company to get rid of Scrabble Go and stick to the original one, designed by Electronic Arts.
Despite holding a 4.4 on the Google Play Store, Scrabble Go has a volume of angry reviews, criticizing the “tacky” colors, treasure rewards, and way too many ads. Since Scrabble has always been known for its minimalism and simplicity, the changes just threw people off.
BBC quotes Ian Pym, a user from the UK who called Scrabble Go “a sparkly abomination.” Ian and his 78-year-old mother Christiane have played no less than 21,000 matches on the old EA app, so they wholeheartedly supported the Scrabble Go petition.
The thing is, the EA can not do much to preserve their version of Scrabble. It will be discontinued on June 5th, since the ownership has moved to Scopely.