At the end of May, Electronic Arts
took over the online version of Scrabble
. Along with tweaks to the aesthetic of the platform and dictionary, the company moved to a system whereby opponents are selected randomly. Previously players chose who they would play with.John Lewis
says that this has had a major impact on the lives of many who use online Scrabble
to maintain contact with distant friends or family members, and those for whom the game was their sole means of social contact.
Mr. Lewis, himself, suffers mental health issues which had led him to withdraw from those around him. It was someone he had met playing online, that encouraged him to seek help, and set him on the path to healing.
He says he is not alone, and has started a petition
and Facebook page
protesting Electronic Arts' changes.Click 'Listen' to hear John Lewis