Bejeweled in WoW

Someone made a Bejeweled clone running as a World of Warcraft add-on:

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From the Joystiq article:

The in-game add-on began as a homebrew Bejeweled clone from Michael Fromwiller, cleverly titled Besharded.
Fromwiller developed the add-on as a method of killing time during long
raids and farming sessions, but it wasn’t too long before PopCap caught
wind of the MMO mini-game. Instead of issuing a timely cease and
desist, the casual gaming colossus hired Fromwiller to create a more polished version of the application.

Great move by Popcap.

(Via Wonderland.)

Comments 6

  1. Mark wrote:

    The screenshot shows ‘Bejeweled’, not ‘Besharded’. So did PopCap effectively inject their own title into WoW?

    What I mean is: yeah, it’s cool that they hired this guy and giving him legitimacy rather than squashing him like a bug — even though they would have every right to — but if the end result is that they ‘took over’ his hack/app then I think that’s a pretty shrewd move as well.

    Posted 22 Sep 2008 at 4:29
  2. Jurie wrote:

    Yeah, they turned it into an official version of ‘Bejeweled’ within WoW.

    Hm, consider the legal / business implications… WoW as a casual games platform?

    Posted 22 Sep 2008 at 4:41
  3. Jurie wrote:

    Yeah, they turned it into an official version of ‘Bejeweled’ within WoW.

    Hm, consider the legal / business implications… WoW as a casual games platform?

    Posted 22 Sep 2008 at 4:41
  4. Mark wrote:

    I’m seeing a game called Scrabulords……………….

    Posted 22 Sep 2008 at 4:54
  5. Jurie wrote:

    How about a casual version of ‘Age of Conan’?…

    Posted 22 Sep 2008 at 7:47
  6. Noah Falstein wrote:

    All they need is to tie this into the leveling system and they’ve got a really good version of Puzzle Quest.

    Posted 22 Sep 2008 at 9:02