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Garth Brooks making mobile game debut with 'Words With Friends,' reveals last pre-order window for 'Legacy Collection'

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Garth Brooks, right, performs with his band during his 7 p.m. show at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, July 14, 2017. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman Archives
Garth Brooks, right, performs with his band during his 7 p.m. show at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, July 14, 2017. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman Archives

Zynga Inc. today announced a collaboration with country music superstar Garth Brooks in its hit game "Words With Friends 2."

Kicking off a multi-month celebration of the game franchise’s 10th anniversary - and Brooks’ unprecedented career as a recording artist - players and fans will be treated to Garth-themed in-game activities and ongoing announcements starting with today’s reveal of "Journey" as the game’s "Word of the Year."

The Country Music Hall of Famer and "Words With Friends" are celebrating their 2019 milestones by giving fans new ways to interact with Brooks and the game, according to a news release. 

“For years, 'Words With Friends' has been bringing the world together to play and build relationships between families, strangers, and friends,” said Brooks in a statement. “Their JOURNEY leads those who play to each other. I am a big fan and big player of 'Words With Friends' and my relationships with my family and friends are better for it. It is an honor to team with them to spread the words of LOVE, MUSIC, and UNITY.”

On May 1, Brooks will co-host "Words With Friends LIVE," the nightly trivia game broadcast within "Words With Friends 2." In conjunction, the final pre-order window for special numbered editions of "The Legacy Collection," Brooks’ seven-disc vinyl box set commemorating his entire career, will open on that same day at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. Follow Brooks here to get notified when he opens the window by going live on GarthBrooks.com/vinyl. Previous pre-orders for the box set have sold out in a matter of hours, with the first window for the collection selling 420,000 vinyls within 18 hours.

“Garth’s incredible chart-topping music catalog and packed stadium performances unite millions of people around the globe,” said Bernard Kim, president of publishing at Zynga, in a statement. “We are proud and humbled that 'Words With Friends' will be a powerful new platform for Garth to engage with his fans and fellow players, alongside the scores of friendships that have been born in the game. 2019 marks big milestones for Garth and Words With Friends - as well as a ‘friendiversary’ for the many connections made in the game.” 

Beginning in 1989 with his self-titled debut album, Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon, has shattered recording and live show records across his career in country music. The first and only artist to win the Country Music Association's award for Entertainer of the Year six times, Brooks is also the first artist in history to receive seven Diamond Awards for seven albums, and with more than 148 million albums sold, he is the No. 1 selling solo artist in U.S. history. An inductee to the International Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame, Brooks has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow. His 2019 stadium shows have broken attendance records at each stop, following a three-and-a-half year world tour that ranks as the biggest North American tour in history.

To join Garth Brooks in his "Words With Friends LIVE" co-hosting debut, log in to "Words With Friends 2" at 7:15 p.m. Central Time Wednesday, May 1. "Words With Friends 2" is available for free download on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and onGoogle Play for Android devices.

To get the most recent news and updates, check out www.wordswithfriendslive.com or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

-BAM 

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Garth Brooks, right, performs with his band during his 7 p.m. show at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, July 14, 2017. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman Archives

Garth Brooks, right, performs with his band during his 7 p.m. show at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, July 14, 2017. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman Archives

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Brandy McDonnell

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