Hot App Rumor: Zynga to Buy ‘Draw Something’

App tops "Words With Friends," now a target

Justin W. Davis

If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em.

At least, that's the rumor buzzing around the web this morning.  "Draw Something," the social game that's kind of like a digital Pictionary, has been on fire lately, and is now the subject of buyout speculation.

The rumored buyer?  None other than San Francisco's Zynga, which, prior to just a few days ago, had the top-selling game in "Words With Friends."  Now, WWF has been bumped by 'Draw Something."  Zynga, flush with a billion dollars in cash from its recent IPO, is said to be dangling an impressive offer in front of "Draw Something's" creators.

I must admit, I've heard so much about "Draw," I decided to check it out last night - early evening, to be precise.  I was far from alone.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, between the hours of 5 and 6 pm PST, some 4 1/2 million people played "Draw Something."  That's hot.

It's only a matter of time before some celebrity gets tossed off a plane for his or her inability to switch it off.  Zynga, understandably, would probably love more of that celebrity action.

Scott follows hot apps.  He’s on Twitter:  @scottbudman

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