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Words With Friends adds 50,000 pop culture words

This image released by Zynga shows the Words With Friends app. Game developer Zynga said Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, that it is adding 50,000 internet slag words, including BFF, fitspo (fitness inspiration), delish, FOMO (fear of missing out), hangry (hungry and angry), kween, smize, TFW (that feel when), turnt, werk, yas _ as well as bae and bestie. (Zynga via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Tell your bae or your bestie: The mobile game Words With Friends is adding thousands of pop culture words as part of its largest dictionary update in the game's eight-year history.

Game developer Zynga told The Associated Press on Tuesday that it is adding 50,000 internet slang words, including BFF, fitspo, delish, FOMO, hangry, kween, smize, TFW, turnt, werk, yas — as well as bae and bestie.

Gurpreet Singh, director of product for the Scrabble-esque game, said Words With Friends players are constantly reaching out — on social media and in the game itself, which has a submission feature — with words they'd like added to the dictionary. He said Zynga gets 5,000 suggestions a day, which formed the basis of the update.

"For us, it's a way to listen to our players and also have a bit of fun," Singh said. "The words that they're requesting are really a reflection of what they're doing in their day-to-day life and how they communicate with their loved ones."

The multiplayer phone-friendly crossword game has been installed more than 200 million times since 2009, according to Zynga. This year, an estimated 57 million active Words With Friends games are being played around the world at any given time.

The 50,000 new words will be added to the existing dictionary of 173,000 words, which is always evolving. The game earlier this year added "covfefe" after President Donald Trump introduced the mysterious term and it spread like wildfire on social media, while twerk and selfie were added in 2014.

Singh said there's no hard-and-fast rule for what constitutes a word and what doesn't. The team leans toward ones that are inclusive and popular.

"We try to be very holistic in our thinking," he said. "It's a game based on connecting and if we feel our values are being adhered to by the word that we're adding, then even if it's not a proper word — as a standard dictionary would consider it to be — we would still go ahead and add those."

Does Singh have some favorites? Yes, the high-point offering queso — "anytime I can use a 'q,' I'm happy," he said — as well as turnt, which is a variation on "turn up" that means getting excited.

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You can now play 'bestie,' 'turnt,' and 'hangry' in Words With Friends

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Words With Friends, the Scrabble-like game developed by Zynga, added more than 50,000 words to its dictionary on Tuesday, including modern-day slang like bestie, turnt, and hangry.

Other words that will now be playable include delish, queso, wordie, bae, and even acronyms such as FOMO — that's "fear of missing out" — and "TFW" — or "that feel when," in internet-speak.

Zynga is calling the massive expansion its "Social Dictionary," and timed its release to the game's eighth anniversary, the company said in a press release.

According to the company, many of the newly added words were ones that users frequently requested through the game's word-lookup function. 

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Words With Friends has been downloaded more than 200 million times since 2009, the company said, making it one of the App Store's 10 most-popular free games of all time.

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Words With Friends W-E-R-Ks Player and Pop Culture-Inspired Lingo into All-New Social Dictionary

ZNGA), a leading social game developer, announced the launch of the Words With Friends Social Dictionary – introducing 50,000 new words into the world’s most popular mobile word game. Inspired by players and the best of pop culture, the Words With Friends Social Dictionary gives fans of the iconic word game more ways to play than ever before.
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In response to the thousands of new word requests submitted by players in-game every day, the brand-new Social Dictionary incorporates the top player and pop culture inspired words into Words With Friends in the largest dictionary update in the game’s history. Starting today, players will see several of their highly-requested words including Delish, Queso and Wordie in the new Social Dictionary, as well as high scoring additions like Abbozzo, Bajada and Oxazolone.

Alongside the top fan picks, the Social Dictionary includes new pop culture playable words such as:

  • Bae
  • Bestie
  • BFF
  • Fitspo
  • FOMO
  • Hangry
  • Kween
  • Smize
  • TFW
  • Turnt
  • Werk
  • Yas

“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. Whether it’s player favorites like Qi and Queso, or words that are trending around the world, such as FOMO and Hangry, we want to give our players more ways than ever before to play the words they use in every day conversations.”

Celebrating its 8th anniversary this year, 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. Additional anniversary game stats that equates to eight years of wordplay include:

  • In 2017, an estimated 57 million active Words With Friends games are being played around the world at any given time
  • 555 billion letters have been played since Words With Friends launched in 2009
  • The most played word, used more than 306 million times from 2016 – 2017 alone, goes to the two letter champion, Q-I
  • Top requested words around the world include He (Spanish), Yen (German), Won (French), and Ja (Portuguese)
  • In the longest distance single match, players were separated by 20,000 kilometers – nearly 4 times the distance from California to New York  

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About Zynga Inc.

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Zynga’s CSR Racing 2 Speeds into Fall with Ferrari 70th Anniversary Lineup

ZNGA), a leading social game developer, today announced the launch of the Ferrari 70th anniversary lineup in CSR Racing 2 (CSR2). Starting today, players can get behind the virtual wheel of a special 70th anniversary Ferrari 488 GTB, one of the six tailor-made Ferraris coming to CSR2 in honor of the iconic Italian car manufacturer’s milestone celebration.
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“Over the course of 70 years, Ferrari has set the luxury standard of excellence in the automotive industry, producing some of the world’s most desirable vehicles,” said Bernard Kim, President of Publishing, Zynga. “As the exclusive mobile partner for Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, we are honored to share in celebrating the enduring legacy of this global icon by giving our players access to a collection of some of the most popular and distinctive Ferraris of recent production.”

As a phased in-game event kicking off today through February 2018, CSR2 will be rolling out special anniversary Ferrari models including the Ferrari California T, inspired by the striking silver 250 Testa Rossa Spider Scaglietti from 1957, and the 488 GTB, modeled after the F2003-GA Formula 1 car driven by legend Michael Schumacher. The cars featuring 70th anniversary configurations and options will be available in the game’s dealership, in addition to the 10 Ferraris currently in CSR2. Throughout the 70th anniversary celebration, CSR2 players will have the chance to participate in a set of unique challenges with exclusive Ferraris to earn coins, keys and tokens to further advance in the game.

“Since launching last year, CSR2 has continued to lead the mobile Racing category by creating the most authentic and visually stunning drag-racing racing experience available today,” said Julian Widdows, General Manager, CSR2. “We’re proud to partner with Ferrari to bring our players six vehicles to the CSR2 garage in honor of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary celebration. Our team has worked closely with Ferrari to ensure that every detail, from the paint colors to the stitching, reflects the commitment to design, luxury and performance that the brand has cultivated throughout 70 years.”

In addition to the in-game rewards, through September 29, CSR2 players who purchase either the Ferrari 488 GTB or the Ferrari California T will be automatically entered into the Ferrari Experience sweepstakes. Three lucky winners, along with their guests, will be treated to a round trip excursion to Italy including a visit to Ferrari in Maranello, a racing experience in the F1 simulator in Milan and attendance at the Finali Mondiali to see some of the world’s fastest Ferraris on the Mugello track.

Celebrating its one-year anniversary in June 2017, CSR2 is the most popular Racing game on mobile – connecting Ferrari fans around the world in the ultimate drag racing experience. In August 2017 alone, CSR2 players drove Ferraris more than 75,000 miles in 56 million races. With over 12 million Ferraris owned by players in-game, Ferrari tops the performance rankings with 5 of the Top 25 fastest cars in CSR2, more than any other auto manufacturer.

App Store for iPhone and iPad and Google Play. For more information about CSR2, visit the game's community channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Game Names Looking Attractive; Goldman Likes EA And Take-Two Interactive

video game sector with an Attractive view, saying publishers are "in the midst of a renaissance."" data-reactid="18">Analysts at Goldman Sachs began coverage of the video game sector with an Attractive view, saying publishers are "in the midst of a renaissance."

Video game publishers are in the process of shifting themselves to become a more predictable, higher margin and cash-generative story, Goldman Sachs' Christopher Merwin commented in his initiation note. In fact, this transition story is still in the middle stages and will be supported over time through greater player engagement, a shift to digital monetization and platform diversification.

On average, video game publishers could see their levels of full game downloads to rise from 22 percent in 2016 to 42 percent in 2019, the analyst continued. On average, digital revenue will also rise from 59 percent of total revenue in 2016 to 80 percent in 2019.

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Electronic Arts

EA) with a Buy rating and $136 price target. The stock was also added the stock to Goldman Sachs' "Americas Conviction List."" data-reactid="23">Merwin initiated coverage of Electronic Arts Inc. (NYSE: EA) with a Buy rating and $136 price target. The stock was also added the stock to Goldman Sachs' "Americas Conviction List."

EA's stock has lagged some of its peers as of late yet but the company is close to a positive revision cycle starting in fiscal 2018 and continuing through at least fiscal 2019 at which point its earnings growth will reaccelerate to 22 percent or higher.

EA boasts a stronger product slate compared to its peers and should soon see the benefit of in-game monetization for its first-person shooter and action games which could add at least $1.50 in earnings per share in the coming years, the analyst noted.

Take-Two Interactive

TTWO) with a Buy rating and $118 price target." data-reactid="27">Merwin initiated coverage of Take Two Interactive Software Inc (NASDAQ: TTWO) with a Buy rating and $118 price target.

Grand Theft Auto" franchise and simultaneously monetizing "Red Dead."" data-reactid="28">Take-Two is about to enter a "sweet spot" of game releases, which is expected to result in positive earnings revisions, the analyst noted. Of particular note, the company is investing in new content for its popular "Grand Theft Auto" franchise and simultaneously monetizing "Red Dead."

The company is also sitting on $1.3 billion in cash, which represents 11 percent of its market cap and can be allocated toward accretive acquisitions or buying back its own stock.

Other Initiations

  • Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI): Neutral rating, $65 price target.
  • Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA): Neutral, $3.90.
  • Europe-listed Ubisoft Entertainment SA (EPA: UBI) with a Neutral rating and 63 euro price target.

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Date Firm Action From To
Sep 2017 Goldman Sachs Initiates Coverage On Neutral
Aug 2017 Argus Maintains Buy
Aug 2017 Bank of America Upgrades Neutral Buy

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