The game, which has become massively popular over the last couple of weeks, requires players to guess a 5-letter word based on whether they8217;ve selected letters that feature in the word and whether they8217;re in the correct position.
The addictive game is only available on the web and, because the maker Josh Wardle doesn8217;t have an app and only offers one puzzle per day right now, opportunistic developers have been cloning it left right and centre.
Apple, for one, is taking a stand on these clones – many of which actually use the name Wordle and copy the UI – and is pulling them from the App Store (via The Verge).
One of those to see their app pulled is developer Zach Shakked who had previously bragged about how many downloads his app was receiving, but is now (sort of) admitting wrongdoing and is (sort of) sorry following a massive online backlash.
In a Twitter thread, he lists a myriad of factors that made him 8220;think there was an opportunity. I was wrong. There wasn8217;t. I8217;ll go back to creating apps based on my completely, evergreen, original ideas and never f**k with anything remotely like this again.8221;
You can see the thread below, but the essence is that Shakked says he calculated that the app was a 8220;rip off8221; of another game called Lingo, the name wasn8217;t trademarked and the UI was the same because it was made in a weekend. He says the $30 subscription he planned to charge is 8220;how businesses work8221; but he actually ended up losing money on the deal. He says he wasn8217;t gloating, but just excited about the buzz it was creating.
He also reckons he8217;s spoken to the creator on the phone about turning Wordle into an app, while also saying he spoke to 8220;spoke to lawyers and the original creator8217;s claim to 8220;Wordle8221; was highly dubious.8221;
He also says: 8220;I realize I crossed a line. And I surely, surely will never do anything remotely close to this again. I f****d up.8221; And then he got in a fight with Daring Fireball8217;s John Gruber.
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