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Petitioning CEO of Mattel Bryan Stockton, CEO of Mattel and 1 other
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Scrabble - If it ain't broke, don't fix it.


Scrabble is a game that is much loved by many millions of people throughout the world. In the global hierarchy of much loved games, it stands up there alongside chess and backgammon. It is a vey popular, intellectually challenging and fun game.

Over the past few years a community of people was created following the introduction of Scrabble application on Facebook. Many people established positive friendships with playing partners

In the weeks running up Sunday, 27th May 2013, Mattel promised a new “improved” version of Scrabble.

In our opinion what was delivered is a great disappointment. Judging by the comments left on Scrabble playing message boards, dissatisfaction is almost universal. There are very few if any of the community of players who have messaged anything positive about the changes.

We are now presented with a random playing partner and therefore cannot choose against someone who regards themselves as a novice or against someone who considers themselves to be a serious player. This is frustrating

We enjoyed having the choice of whether or not play a 2 minute game or a week game. That choice has now been removed.

You have taken the commercial decision to exploit the commercial value of Scrabble by introducing adverts at the completion of each turn. This is annoying and we are more likely to develop negative attitudes towards companies and corporations rather than go out and buy their products.

We are also unhappy about changes to the dictionary, the presentation of statistcs and the aethetics of the new layout.

 

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These changes are having a negative impact on a significant number of vulnerable people.  Comments are being posted by housebound, elderly, partially sighted, depressed individuals for whom playing scrabble was an intrinsic part of their lives.  They gained a great deal from the social contact that scrabble offered. 

 

Mattel have shown a lack of social responsibility.

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These changes are having a negative impact on a significant number of vulnerable people.  Comments are being posted by housebound, elderly, partially sighted, depressed individuals for whom playing scrabble was an intrinsic part of their lives.  They gained a great deal from the social contact that scrabble offered. 

 

Mattel have shown a lack of social responsibility.

We would be grateful if you took the time to consider these issues and the comments made by others regarding these ‘improvements’ and reviewed the changes you have made.

We hope that we can find a mutually acceptable solution, that meets both the requirements of the millions who regulary play scrabble and the commercial interests of Mattel

 

Letter to
CEO of Mattel Bryan Stockton, CEO of Mattel
John Lewis
Please review the changes you have made to the Scrabble