EA rolled out Hasbro Family Game Night for Xbox Live Arcade last week as part of Microsoft’s Days of Arcade promotion. Battleship, Yahtzee and Connect 4 were included, but the one I wanted to play was Scrabble. Thing is, we’re not allowed to play Scrabble on our Xbox 360s in Australia.
Scrabble is one of the games available in the North American version of Family Game Night. But here in Australia it isn’t. Why? Licensing, that’s why, according to an Xbox spokesperson:
EA has a complex licensing agreement with Hasbro which is limiting Scrabble to US/Canada for the time being.
Annoying, because Scrabble is only one of those games worth playing. Doubly annoying is that Hasbro’s other awesome word game, Boggle, originally announced as part of the Family Game Night compilation, has since mysteriously vanished. Who knew casual gaming could be so complicated?