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Pot game  Weed Firm  yanked from App Store by Apple, says dev
Pot game Weed Firm yanked from App Store by Apple, says dev
May 21, 2014 | By Christian Nutt




In a statement on its website, Manitoba Games, developer of Weed Firm, announced the game was yanked from the iOS App Store at the behest of Apple -- implying the game's content was the reason for its removal.

The game casts the player as "Ted Growing," and promises to let the player "Learn to grow weed, plant new varieties to increase your yields, expand your customer base and interact with the characters to become the biggest weed dealer in town."

The game was the top free game on the App Store as of last week, and even made the top grossing charts -- climbing to number 18 last week. Business Insider reports that the game was grossing over $83,000 a day from in-app purchases when it was yanked.

In the statement, Manitoba notes that 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." It also confirms that Apple has a problem with the game's content, saying, "The Apple version might need to be censored a bit to comply with Apple's strictest requirement since they are going to be looking very attentively at what we submit from now on."

The company also notes that although the game is unavailable on Android at present, that is due to issues with the game's publisher, and that "Google never had a problem with the application itself."

Gamasutra has sought comment from Apple and will update this story if this request is answered.


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Gregory Booth
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Whether I agree with this or not I acknowledge Apples right to curate *their* store as *they* see fit.

Andy Lundell
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Sure, but it'd be a lot easier to agree with that sentiment if their users had the freedom to use other stores.

It'd be a complete non-story if there was a free-market for apps.

Jennis Kartens
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There is. It's called the world. No one forces you to create programs for Apple exclusive.

Andy Lundell
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I specifically mentioned *users*.

Jennis Kartens
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So you didn't have a choice not to buy an iPhone/iPad? Weird...

Despite that snippy comment stuff: Honestly - You buy the devils products, you get the hell with it.

This isn't news. Apple bans everthing that doesn't streamline within their conservatice US american morale (as many others too) right away. So I ask you: WHY do YOU support those companies in the first place?

You have the choice. But most people do not consider, they consume.

Hakim Boukellif
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@Jennis
While I agree with the sentiment, it doesn't change the fact that iDevice users own said device. Apple is free to choose what to allow or disallow on their service (though that doesn't mean no one is allowed to criticize them for their decisions), but if that service also dictates what people can or cannot do with their possession, things get a lot murkier.

Jane Castle
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To soothe everyone's pain at the tragic loss of this app from the store:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYQHqLuWuig&feature=kp

Terry Matthes
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I think Manitoba Games just became the most profitable video came company to ever come from Manitoba and that's sad because there have been smaller studios slugging it out for years.


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