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'Words With Friends' Coming to Primetime TV

20 Jul, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

MGM Television and Zynga, developer of Words With Friends, are partnering to develop a TV game show based on social media game. The show will also incorporate aspects from Zynga’s larger portfolio of “With Friends” word and puzzle games.

Since launching in 2009, “Words With Friends” has been installed more than 200 million times and is one of the App Store’s Top 10 free games of all time.

“The interactive social experience of Words With Friends makes it the perfect mobile game for us to bring to primetime, Barry Poznick, president of unscripted television for MGM,” said in a statement.

Indeed, an estimated 55 million Words With Friends matches are played around the world at any given moment and more than 75 million words are played every day, according to Zynga.

“We're proud to partner with MGM to extend the gameplay and social experience of Words With Friends, and our broader collection of ‘With Friends’ games, to new mainstream entertainment mediums,” said Bernard Kim, president of publishing at Zynga.

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