InventionsTech Dude Rips Off Wordle, Angers Internet

Tech Dude Rips Off Wordle, Angers Internet

-

- Advertisment -

Nintendo's Bowser swipes right on his smartphone.

Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

- Advertisement -

Daily word-guessing game Wordle has taken the internet by storm. Despite its huge newfound success, creator Josh Wardle said he wants to keep the hit web browser game demonetized and ad-free. But one app developer had other plans, and he’s now quickly become Twitter’s main character of the day.

“I love Wordle so much I decided to make my own Wordle app but with a twist!” tech entrepreneur Zack Shakked wrote on Twitter yesterday. “There’s not just 5-letter words, but also 4, 6, and 7 letter words too! You can also play unlimited times if you’re on the Pro version.”

The new version of Wordle on the App Store didn’t just have bigger puzzles, it also required you to pay a subscription to unlock all of its features. It was a greedy innovation that, in the words of Andy Baio, compounded the plagiarism into a “naked cash grab.” The downloads, reviews, and active paid trials instantly started rolling in.

A screenshot of Shakked's Tweet discussing

- Advertisement -

“12K downloads, rank #28 word game, and #4 result for “wordle” in the App Store,” Shakked tweeted earlier today. “We’re going to the fucking moon.”

While the original Wordle was created as a love letter of sorts for Wardle’s partner, “Wordle – The App” appears to be born of Shakked’s stated 2022 resolutions to “be more vulgar” and “make tons of fucking money.” Not even a Disney villain would be so on the nose.

As if asking for the internet to virtually punch him in the face, Shakked’s victory lap began to quickly make waves outside of his narrow pool of 1,500 followers. The comments, quote-tweets, and dunks started pouring in as well, especially from other game developers.

- Advertisement -

Cabel Sasser of indie studio Panic, the publisher behind Untitled Goose Game currently working on the Playdate handheld, responded to Shakked that he couldn’t wait to show Wordle’s true creator how to navigate the App Store takedown process. Others were more explicit. “Absolutely fuck you,” wrote Vlambeer cofounder Rami Ismail.

In a past life, Shakked would probably have agreed. It didn’t take long for people to surface an old tweet of his complaining about other internet strangers ripping off his own apps. Et tu brute?

Shakked’s Twitter account is now private. Neither he nor Wardle immediately responded to a request for comment. Here is the real Wordle.

Update: 1/12/21, 9:12 a.m. ET: Apple has since removed “Wordle – The App,” as well as a number of other copycats, from its App Store, The Verge reports. It’s unclear if the owner of one of the biggest digital stores in the world did so because of the backlash, or for some other reason. As The Verge notes, other copycats of Wordle using different names are still up on the App Store.

Shakked also unlocked his Twitter account after receiving heaps of vitriolic DMs to expand on his thinking behind the whole fiasco and apologize, sort of.

“I realize I crossed a line,” he wrote. “And I surely, surely will never do anything remotely close to this again. I fucked up.”

He went on to defend the concept behind “Wordle – The App” by pointing out how much of the rest of the App Store is premised on ripping each other off. Shakked also claimed he lost money on the whole project.

Correction: 1/12/22, 9:21 a.m. ET: A previous version of this article mis

NOW WITH OVER +8500 USERS. people can Join Knowasiak for free. Sign up on Knowasiak.com
Read More

- Advertisement -
Ava avatar
Avahttps://facebook.com/avamax
I'm a researcher at Utokyo :) and a big fan of Ava Max

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

Bell Labs’ Plan 9 research project looks to tomorrow (1990)

Bell Labs' Plan 9 research project looks to tomorrowRob Pike, Dave Presotto, Ken Thompson, and Howard TrickeyThe authors are...

Neurological data models are created beyond the walls of the academy?

From returning agency to a human being with paralyzed limbs, to restoring auditory function, to treating depression, the concept of a brain-computer-interface (BCI) presents a mind-boggling set of possibilities.  One day, rather than pounding keyboards and sliding mice to convey our intentions to our laptops, our thoughts will simply elicit the desired responses.  Perfect transcription…

Magnus Carlsen retains title after successful lopsided match

A complete meltdown Full expert analysis of the game will be published shortly on our news site. Game 9 will be annotated by former FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov! As chess history fans know all too well, the world champion at each point in time is not necessarily the strongest player in the world at that…

Facebook Said My Article Was False. Now the Fact-Checkers Admit They Were Wrong

On Monday, I received a rather curious notification on Facebook. A friend alerted me that when she tried to share a recent article of mine, the social media site automatically blurred the accompanying image, replacing it with the ominous declaration that the link contained "false information checked by independent fact-checkers." The article in question was…
- Advertisement -

Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Master, Dies at 95

Thich Nhat Hanh at the Plum Village monastery in southern France | Courtesy Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh—a world-renowned spiritual leader, author, poet, and peace activist—died on January 22, 2022 at midnight (ICT) at his root temple, Tu Hien Temple, in Hue, Vietnam. He was 95. “Our beloved…

Before wave of train thefts, Union Pacific laid off some of its police force

News organizations both locally and nationally have been covering the rise of cargo theft in L.A.’s northeast train tracks in the past few days. Anchors on morning news have been quick to point out that there have been over 100 arrests, and even Forbes have been quick to point out the staggering $5 million worth…

Must read

Trolls be gone – The right to be anonymous should be curtailed

We have come a long way from the optimism that surrounded the internet in the early 1990s. As Tim Berners-Lee has remarked several times, there was a ‘utopian’ view of its potential to democratise news and reinforce social cohesion. Indeed, only 10 years ago, we were celebrating the role that online communications played in the…

MIT Scheme on Apple Silicon

Despite rumors on the internet — from the GNU website, no less —  you can in fact run MIT Scheme on a computer with Apple Silicon (aka, an M1 Mac). This post will provide step-by-step instructions to getting Scheme up and running on a shiny new Mac. The key is to macOS's built-in emulation system to…
- Advertisement -