Chess with Friends

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Chess with Friends
Chess With Friends Logo.jpg
Developer(s) Zynga
Platform(s) iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Android
Genre(s) chess game
Mode(s) multiplayer

Chess with Friends is a multiplayer asynchronous chess game developed by Zynga with Friends (formerly Newtoy, Inc.), which also developed Words with Friends and Hanging with Friends.[1] It was one of the first iPhone games to take an asynchronous approach to multiplayer.[2] Released in November 2008[3] and published by Zynga, the game is available on iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) and, since 2014, Android.

Paul Bettner, a Zynga with Friends founder, was quoted as saying, “So in August of 2008, we left Ensemble, bought some MacBooks and started working out of our local public library. A few months later, we put Chess with Friends on the App Store.”[3]

Chess with Friends is a freemium game, meaning there is no cost to play, but players have the option of purchasing premium content.


  1. ^ Ryan Kim, Zynga Grabs Words with Friends Builder for Mobile Expansion, GigaOM, 2 December 2010.
  2. ^ Stuart Dredge, Newtoy bringing asynchronous chess to iPhone, Pocket Gamer.
  3. ^ a b Ryan Rigney, The Origins of Words with Friends, GamePro, 3 November 2010.

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