Copies of everyone’s favorite daily puzzle Wordle flows into phone app stores, including versions that offer in-app purchases, ads, and are not free to download.
In contrast, the original Wordle is web-based and completely free, and its creator has previously said he hopes to never introduce commercials.
Last night, the Internet turned its rage against a self-employed entrepreneur who boasted about how much money his own Wordle rip-off made.
“This is absurd,” boasted the copycat app. “# 4 result for ‘wordle’ in the App Store. We’re going to the damn moon.”
After going viral for all the wrong reasons, the user has since deleted his account.
Apple has apparently also noticed this and removed some (but not all) of the Wordle clones.
At the time of release, however, there are still at least three left in the iOS App Store, which offers a range of payment options to unlock new levels and remove ads.
Josh Wardle, the creator of genuine Wordle told BBC Radio 4 last week that he intended the game to remain ad-free and accessible to all without paying a dime.
Wardle said he had made the game simply to entertain himself and his wife, and he never expected it to become so popular.
“I do not understand why something can not just be fun,” Wardle concluded. “I do not have to charge people money for this and would ideally like to keep it that way.”