Draw Something goes viral with 50 million downloads

The uber-popular social game is topping download charts and getting users to create 3,000 drawings per second.

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Zynga must be glad it dropped that $180 million on OMGPOP last month. Besides acquiring Checkers, Pool, and other online games, Zynga also got its hands on Draw Something--which topped charts today as the fastest-growing original mobile game ever, according to VentureBeat.

The wildly popular game, which most resembles the board game Pictionary, was released less than two months ago and within the first two weeks it skyrocketed with 10 million downloads. Quickly, both the free and paid versions were No. 1 on iTunes' download charts.

As of today, the game has exceeded 50 million downloads, according to VentureBeat. Apparently, more than 6 billion drawings have been illustrated by users, which shakes out to 3,000 drawings per second. "The most popular words in the game are starfish, pregnant, hangman, six pack, and boom box," VentureBeat reports. "The least popular word is latrine."

It appears that the public tit-for-tat between OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter and OMGPOP employee Shay Pierce about Pierce's refusal to work Zynga after the buyout has had no effect on Draw Something's success.

About the author

Dara Kerr, a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area, is fascinated by robots, supercomputers and Internet memes. When not writing about technology and modernity, she likes to travel to far-off countries.


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