It seems that we’re seeing the whole Flappy Bird fiasco once again! The #1 app on the App Store until yesterday, Weed Firm, was removed without warning from the App Store and everybody is wondering why was the game deleted. We are here to answer that question for you, although I am pretty sure that it’s already obvious for those who played the game or know what it was about.
In case you don’t, Weed Firm – as the title suggests – put you in charge of doing some extremely shady businesses with shady characters, run from cops and grow a weed empire. Although it was all innocent fun in my opinion, Apple used to have some very strict policies against these kinds of games and some people were wondering how come did this one slip away unpunished. It was pretty clear that it was what gamers wanted – since it skyrocketed to #1, though.
But why was Weed Firm deleted?
The official website of the developers of the game, Manitoba Games, states the following about the removal of Weed Firm from the App Store:
“As you might have noticed the game is no longer available on the Apple App Store. This was entirely Apple’s decision, not ours. We guess the problem was that the game was just too good and got to number one in All Categories, since there are certainly a great number of weed based apps still available, as well as games promoting other so-called ‘illegal activities’ such as shooting people, crashing cars and throwing birds at buildings.”
For those who didn’t get the chance to download the game before it was removed, the developer promised that they will be back, even though they will probably have to come with a censored version of the game. Those who have downloaded and installed the app on their device can still play the game without any problems.
This whole thing resembles a bit the Flappy Bird incident – the game’s developer decided to remove the app from the App Store after it reached #1, claiming that he considered it to be too addictive for the gamers. Seems like indie devs don’t have good luck on their side when it comes to reaching that top spot… but hopefully Manitoba Games will manage to change things around!