All of you “Word with Friends” contenders should be celebrating the Scrabble Champions going on this week at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Wednesday the first place player in Division 1 will win a total of $10,000.
Here’s a little trivia regarding the game.
Scrabble is a word game where two to four players score points by forming words from individual tiles on a gameboard. In 1938, American architect Alfred Mosher Butts created the game and called it Criss-Crosswords. In 1948, Butts sold the rights to James Brunot, promising a royalty on every unit sold. According to legend, Scrabbles big break came in 1952 when Jack Straus, president of Macy’s, played the game on vacation. Upon returning from vacation, he was surprised to find that his store did not carry the game. He placed a large order and within a year “everyone had to have one.” Unable to meet the demand, the manufacturing rights sold to Selchow and Righter in 1972. After this, Scrabble sold nearly four million sets in its second year. Eventually Selchow and Righter was sold to Coleco, who soon after went bankrupt. Then, Hasbro—who still owns it today—purchased the company’s assets, including Scrabble and Parcheesi.