Word Game Grabbler Wins Indian Facebook Developer Contest

Facebook has tapped an application winner in its Facebook Developer Contest – India, with the top prize going to word game Grabbler.

The game is the product of iPlaySocial, and has also garnered recognition as a fbFund 2009 Top 50 finalist. As winner of the Developer Contest, Grabbler developers will receive a $4,000 cash prize. Facebook also chose a winner in the Connect category, with music-sharing platform Muziboo.com taking top honors.

Grabbler is a clever spin on a turn-based word game, with players finding shaping words out of varying letters on a 12 x 12 grid. The game is reportedly enjoyed by players in more than 160 countries, who have logged more than 3 million minutes of play. As of right now, it has around 13,000 monthly active users.

The Facebook Developer Contest is a actually a series of contests around the world held by Facebook to help promote development of applications and more countries. The contest carries a special importance in the Indian market, as Facebook actually trails social network Orkut in that country (at least for now). According to our Global Monitor report from September, Facebook has 4.23 million users in India, most of whom have joined in the past year.