Apple reacted quickly to the infamous clones of the popular online game Wordle by launching them from the App Store.
The original version of Josh Wardle’s word game, available for free play in a web browser, has gone viral in recent weeks. Some developers have seen an opportunity to take advantage of this by charging for the correct versions for iPhone and iPad.
Many of the clones, who quickly climbed to the top of the App Store charts, used exactly the same name as Wardle’s game – and charged players as much as $ 30 a year in subscriptions. But they didn’t last long.
Apple gives Wordle clone boot
Wordle is a simple game in which players try to identify a five-letter word by a series of guesses. You only get six attempts, and there is only one puzzle that players can enjoy every day, which makes you come back.
The game tracks your wins and allows you to share your playing statistics with others, providing a competitive element. The best part? It’s completely free to play and there are no commercials, and Wardle is determined not to cash in on the game.
Unfortunately, other developers to have tried to profit Wordle. A bunch of them took the game, which is only available in the browser, and cloned it for the iPhone and iPad – and then added ads and subscriptions to make money.
One developer, Zach Shakked, published it Wordle – Application, charged players a $ 30 annual subscription. He boasted on Twitter about how his game quickly climbed the App Store download scales.
But in Apple’s somewhat rare move, the clones were thrown out.
But why Wordle?
Despite turning a blind eye to other scams, Apple was quick to act on the removal Wordle clones from the App Store. Although some remained, most left. Apple has left those that were available before Wordle Web page.
It is unclear why Apple took such a strict approach in this case, when the company ignored other obvious clones in the past. This is not the first time that a bunch of developers have tried to take advantage of a popular trend. Who remembers Flappy Bird?
What makes this move even more interesting is that Wardle didn’t actually invent the concept Wordle. Similar word games have been around for years, and Wardle doesn’t seem to have had protection over the idea or its name.
Apple may have questioned the fact that, in many cases, Wordle clones use the same name and very similar design. But again, this is not the first time this has happened and it has obviously gone unnoticed by App Store reviewers.
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