Online gaming friends meet for the first time

Amy Butler, a pastor at The Riverside Church in upper Manhattan set up the meeting and flew to Florida with Spencer. She has used the story of the friendship in a sermon

Spencer and Amy traveled all the way to the Florida retirement community Roz stays in and kicked it with her, making for a heartwarming meet up.

A young rapper from Harlem has met with the 86-year-old Florida woman he befriended through an online word game, melting hearts across the internet.

At least one Twitter user who responded had a similar story, pointing to the ability of the game that was developed in 2009 by social game developer Zynga to bring word enthusiasts together over miles of coastline or even oceans.

Spencer, 22, and Roz, 86, are from opposite ends of the United States of America but became good friends who met in real life on Friday. He said he considered Roz "a good friend of mine" even before they got the chance to meet.

'We played 300+ games together and she actually ended up becoming a good friend of mine. And last week that got to meet for the very first time.


Despite their 64-year age gap and the fact they didn't know each other, Spencer and Roz began mentally jousting on the online Scrabble-like game - and each refused to back down from the other's offer of a rematch.

His tweet has been retweeted more than 147,000 times, including by the Words With Friends account, which replied: 'We can't get enough of this!

To date, Spencer has won 210 rounds of Word With Friends against Roz and she has won 114. I am American, she was from United Kingdom, ' wrote Patricia Cuxirimay. Then cancer took her a little over a year ago.

Butler, the pastor, helped broker the meeting after recounting the story of Spencer and Roz's friendship in a sermon.

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