Celebs play 'Words With Friends' for charity
September 26th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

Celebs play 'Words With Friends' for charity

It’s no secret that "Words With Friends," Zynga’s word-building game, is popular among celebrities. Just ask Alec Baldwin.

And starting Thursday, celeb wordsmiths like Kristen Bell, Edward Norton and Snoop Lion will play the Scrabble-like game for a cause.

In addition to bragging rights, players are taking part in Zynga and American Express’ "Words With Friends" Celebrity Challenge for the chance to win $500,000, which they’ll donate to the charity of their choice, according to a press release.

Fans can get in on the action by playing “Words With Friends” on behalf of their favorite celebrity, or by donating to one of eight charities through CrowdRise, a fundraising site founded by Norton.

“We are all about making fundraising fun through competition and games at CrowdRise, so this couldn't be a better partnership for us,” Norton said in a press release. “Zynga knows a thing or two about social gaming, and it's awesome to see them using that knowledge to engineer impact.”

Other celebrities taking part in the tournament, which runs through October 3, are Jonah Hill, John Legend, Eva Longoria, Paul Pierce and Sophia Bush.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. williamsstephenn

    Words with friend is most popular crossword game. Most of the celebs used to play this game. They play it for novel cause such as charity etc. Best part is that one can play it on the behalf of their favorite celebrity. http://www.brilliantpuzzles.com/

    October 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kristin

    Words With Friend is very popular and multi-player crossword game. Celeb like Kristen Bell, Edward Norton play this game for a cause and one can play 'http://wordswithfriends.net/ on behalf of their favorite celebrity.

    September 12, 2013 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. alberto

    @ck_one – you may also have to tell @Sokman that Penn is one of the 8 Ivy League universities just in case @Sokman didn't know 😉

    September 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mark h.

    i eeejoy watching ssstarsss out there.

    September 27, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. ck_2

    good idea

    September 27, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. ck_one

    @ Sokman, you're so right. John Legend, who has a degree from the University of Pennsylvania in English, is probably going to struggle spelling two syllable words. Eva Longoria might struggle too. She may have to return her degree to Texas A&M. Not all celebrities are airheads.

    September 27, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sokman

    Pretty sure Edward Norton is the only one one that list that can spell a two syllable word

    September 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hollywood

    I enjoy seeing celebs out there doing some form of charity. Its better than reading about bad news.

    September 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |

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