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Words With Friends Ends Friendship, Starts Marriage


The Scrabble-like device game Words With Friends has likely ended a few friendships before but none quite like this. Megan Lawless and Jasper Jasperse were strangers before they met through the game on their phones and eventually became friends. Now? They’re married! (and probably still friends too) 

Lawless and Jasperse were paired in the game by becoming random opponents but what turned out as time-killing fun evolved into an actual relationship. They slowly began chatting – with a hi’ and a ‘hello’ their first simple exchanges. On Jasperse’s birthday, they started talking a little more, eventually emailing and Skyping,” writes RedEye Chicago. “After a few months, they decided to take the plunge and meet. They were soon engaged and got married a year later in July of 2011.”

Words With Friends, developed by Zynga with Friends (formerly Newtoy), has a whopping 14.9 million monthly, active users so these two finding each other is akin to finding a needle in a haystack.

“Most people think, when we tell the story, that we right away started a very intimate conversation,” said Jasperse, who said it was not like that at all. “It very gradually built up to finally meeting each other… At one point, I spoke to Megan more than anybody else around me.” Jasperse even relocated from his home in the Netherlands for his sweetheart.

Lawless mentioned that she had some trouble explaining  apps and smartphones to her 75-year-old grandfather when telling him about her relationship.

“I think he still doesn’t quite understand how we met,” she said. As for others, most, she says, have just thought it was a cool story. “I guess I thought people would think it was really geeky or weird.”

“This is the first [marriage] we know of,” said Paul Bettner, VP and General Manager of Zynga With Friends, the studio that makes Words With Friends. “I think that’s an awesome story.”

(image by Lenny Gilmore, story via Kotaku)

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  • Anonymous

    This is cute. But you have to wonder who played prenup first.

  • http://twitter.com/solarsister solarsister

    I love this. My uncle and his wife met through playing online Scrabble (this was pre-Words With Friends, I think). Their wedding invitations had their names spelled out in Scrabble tiles; it was really cute.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.gulledge Karen Gulledge

    This is so cute!

  • Anonymous

    You take love wherever you can find it.

  • Anonymous

    Which one has high score?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lambritt Brit Lambear

    One June, I was playing online pool on Yahoo! Pool. I started chatting with a funny intelligent guy.  We chatted; we called one another; we became friends; we met; we visited; we fell in love.  Now more than four years ago, we are still in love and we still play online together, just sitting next to one another instead of one thousand miles away.

  • https://www.Zutronic.com/ Zutronic

    What a cute, modern day fairytale.

  • http://twitter.com/urbansuburbia Marie

    Aw, that’s adorable!

  • http://www.cendecon.com/ Cendecon

    How cute! Love finds you when and where you least expect it!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EBWVJWO5LKYCG4NS3XRAVCXBRA Word

    There are already a lot of games in Zynga..I do play words with friends.Words with friends is also a hit game nowadays. Every time I’m in trouble the ANAGRAMMER gives me more hint. Try to google it peeps!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5FSOWCBUKA6BQSFEP7KZCGW55E Word

    So sweet..Its very interesting game..I love this game specially its my way of spending time with my family..Sometimes I use the ANAGRAMMER to give me some hints in times I’m in trouble..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HD5JOXIOLFUPVL7BA6WOIZ3B7Q Words

    Love is in the air..Its a good feeling if you can find your one true love..Hope I can experience it too..LOL..I love playing words with friends with my family..Its my way of spending time with them..We also use the ANAGRAMMER for best results..

  • Anonymous

    Love is in the air..Its a good feeling if you can find your one true love..Hope I can experience it too..LOL..I love playing words with friends with my family..Its my way of spending time with them..We also use the ANAGRAMMER for best results..

  • Anonymous

    In every article that I have read its always about WWF Romance..But good for them that they have found there true love..Hope that I can have on also..I am an avid fan of this game..I use to play it with my family..We also use the ANAGRAMMER to give us hints..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FB4RW26O5HLCOWWBPVY5JVPWIU Word

    I LOOOOVE this game, it is easily my favorite iPhone game. I also am a Huge fan of Hangin’ with Friends, another extremely addictive games. I also use the ANAGRAMMER to give me more hints..