Tell your bestie or your bae: The mobile game “Words With Friends” is including millions of words related to pop culture as a fraction of its biggest dictionary upgrade in the history of 8 Years of the game.
Zynga, the game developer, claimed this week to The Associated Press that it is including 50,000 Internet slang words, comprising fitspo, BFF, FOMO, delish, kween, hangry, TFW, smize, werk, turnt, yas, bae, as well as bestie.
Director of product for the Scrabble-esque game, Gurpreet Singh, claimed that players of “Words With Friends” are continuously reaching out—in the game, which has a submission feature, and on social media—with words they would like included to the dictionary. He claimed that Zynga receives 5,000 recommendations each day, which made the basis of the upgrade.
“For us, it is an approach to listen to our users and also have a little fun,” Singh claimed. “The words that they are asking are in fact an indication of what they are doing in their daily life and how they interact with their nearest and dearest.”
The phone-friendly multiplayer crossword game has been downloaded over 200 Million times from 2009, as per Zynga. In 2017, an anticipated 57 Million active “Words With Friends” games are being installed at any given time all over the world.
The 50,000 fresh words will be included to the current dictionary of 173,000 words, which is constantly developing. The game previously this year included “covfefe” after Donald Trump, the President of the U.S., rolled out the inexplicable term and it became trendy on social media similar to a wildfire, while selfie and twerk were included in 2014.
Singh claimed that there is no “hard and fast” rule for what contains a word and what does not. The team inclines toward ones that are popular and inclusive.
“We make an attempt to be extremely holistic in our thoughts,” he claimed. “It is a game based on linking and if we think our values are being held to by the word that we are including, then an appropriate word does not have a stand,” he further added.