Developer Zach Shakked — the creator of one of several controversial copycat versions of Josh Wardley’s popular free word-guessing game — has responded to Apple by removing its app from the App Store following an internet backlash, which was stymied by its money-making. Came after boasting about the potential. clone
“I realized I crossed a line. And I definitely, definitely will never do anything remotely close to it again. I messed up,” Sheik tweeted. He goes on to add that “Wordle itself was not a trademark and Wardley’s game was similar lingo, an old TV game show with a similar word-guessing mechanic. Shaked also says they planned to expand Wordle With more functionality and changed the overall design of the app to be less similar to Wardle’s own game, if it had been enabled before Apple removed its app from the Store.
Here were my calculations:
a) Wordle is a ripoff of another game
b) Wordle is not a trademark of Wordle and a bunch of other unrelated word apps of the same name
c) Wow, I’ll hack something together on the weekend and see if I can make a dime
— Zach (@zachshakked) 12 January 2022
Wordle It has skyrocketed in popularity over the past several weeks with its minimalist design, bite-sized daily puzzle, and now-iconic grid of gray, yellow, and green squares. The original game is completely free and played entirely through a web browser, giving any number of copycats a chance to make quick money from the concept on the App Store.
Shaked’s clone (called “Wordle – the App”) was one of the more high-profile copies, thanks to the developer’s celebratory tweets about the project and the eyebrow-raising price tag—an optional $30- Annual subscription per year that will allow players to play an unlimited number of puzzles instead of of wordley One per day system. Shucked’s tweets unfairly upset many, boasting about how many downloads and subscription trials his app was getting and how it was “going to the fucking moon.”
immediately after the report of Wordle The knock broke, with Apple leaping into action, removing the offending apps from the App Store last night. Currently, there are only two puzzle games left on Apple’s storefront called “Wordle,” both of which feature a very different type of word game than Wardle’s viral hit and which predate the web app by several years. (Incidentally, other Wordles appear to benefit greatly from Wardle’s game success, with both apps moving up the App Store charts).
In a separate source, Shuck also said that he spoke to Wardley and offered to license the idea, work together to develop an official app, or pay a percentage of any profits that Wardle reportedly made. rejected. Shaked also claims that it told Wardle that it would “consider changing the name” before removing the app entirely.
Wardle, for what it’s worth, is already very clear about the idea of monetization. Wordle (Which, as he explained in a new York Times interview, was originally created as a gift for his partner). “I think people appreciate that there’s this thing online that’s funny,” Wardle said. “It’s not trying to do anything shady with your data or your eyes. It’s just a game that’s fun.”
It seems that after the flick Shaked (who previously complained on Twitter how “[s]useless copy/pasting ideas/features you’ll get nowhere” on the idea of future copycat apps”). Won’t fuck with anything,” concludes Shaked’s thread.
Zach Shakked did not respond to a request for comment.