if you’re considering submitting your own Wordle clone to the AppStore jobs, reconsider. Multiple sites reported on Wednesday that Wordle knockoff apps that were only available yesterday have been withdrawn from the App Store.
Apple home advisor confirmed to Mashable that it has removed the apps from its App Store that had replicated the successful viral word game. On Tuesday, an internet firestorm erupted after Zachary Shakked, a self-described “degenerate software developer,” highlighted the online success he was having with his just-released Program Store app… Wordle. The app was a carbon copy of software programmer Josh Wardle’s Wordle word game.
Is there a distinction? Wardle’s game is a browser-based game that can be found on his website. Shakked effectively converted the game into an iPhone jobs app that could be downloaded from the App Store. Furthermore, Shakked was monetizing the game through subscriptions, something Wardle has steadfastly refused to do. Wardle’s original Wordle game is available to play for free.
It’s worth noting that Shakked’s app, as well as the other since-deleted clones, were not just inspired by Wordle. Shakked’s iPhone software was a carbon replica of Wardle’s, with the exception of the distribution methodology and monetization effort. These apps flat-out copied everything from the Wardle’s game’s name to its UI to its game mechanics.
Apple’s App Store guidelines state that developers should not simply copy other existing apps, as the Verge points out. “Don’t simply copy the latest popular app on the App Store, or make some minor changes to another app’s name or UI and pass it off as your own,” read Apple’s guidelines to developers.
Apple’s App Store guidelines stipulate those developers should not just clone current apps, as the Verge points out.
Shakked, the “degenerate” programmer, has since issued an apology via Twitter. He confirmed that Apple had withdrawn his counterfeit app. He’s also apologized, admitting that he made a mistake.” However, he continues to defend himself and his conduct in the same tweet thread.
Shakked said in a follow-up that he spoke with Wardle on the phone and attempted to partner with him. This was, of course, after he had duplicated Wordle and launched it on the App Store. According to Shakked, Wardle turned down the offer.