Zynga's Words With Friends clears 200 million downloads eight years after launching

Adds 50,000 new words like "werk" and "yas"

Zynga's Words With Friends clears 200 million downloads eight years after launching

Zynga's Scrabble-like word game Words With Friends has surpassed 200 million downloads as it celebrates its eight year anniversary.

There are an estimated 57 million active games at any given time around the world, with 6.5 billion matches finished each day. Zynga claims that 555 billion letters have been played since the game's launch.

To celebrate eight years of activity, the developer is updating Words With Friends with a new Social Dictionary, containing 50,000 words requested by fans and introduced recently in pop culture. These include "bae", "FOMO", "werk", and "yas".

Staying alive

"In addition to being the place that millions of people connect with friends and family, over the past eight years Words With Friends has proven to be a leading authority on words that start conversations across generations and geographies," said Bernard Kim, President of Publishing, Zynga.

"In response to the thousands of word requests we get from our players every day, we’re excited to introduce the Words With Friends Social Dictionary to bring even more ways for our fans to interact with the words they love."

Zynga is clearly still invested in its aging game, having recently partnered with MGM Television to create a TV show around the game. An updated edition of the game, aptly named New Words With Friends, is currently in soft launch.


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