About the Game

Scrabble is a game that is fun for the whole family! Set up on a grid, Scrabble is a way to test your vocabulary and create words from a random assortment of letters. Creativity is key. Best for groups of 2 to 4 players, Scrabble scoring uses a point system with options for double or triple letter scores. Please see the rules page to find out more on how to play this fun game.

History

Scrabble evolved from a board game created in 1938 by Alfred Mosher Butts called Criss-Crosswords, where letter tiles were played on a 15 by 15 grid. Butts was not successful in selling his game to a major manufacturer; however, in 1948, James Brunot bought the rights to Criss-Crosswords, simplified the rules, and renamed it Scrabble. The game became popular in 1952, thanks, in part, to the president of Macy's department store Jack Straus. By 1954, nearly four million Scrabble sets were sold.