'Degenerate app developer' rips off Wordle in cash grab

No less than he did not attempt to conceal it.

Zachary Shakked, a self-described “degenerate app developer,” proudly boasted on Twitter Monday of copying the favored word-puzzle recreation Wordle. Shakked launched his personal “free-to-play” model of the sport, dubbed “Wordle — The App,” on the Apple App Retailer and skinned it to look much like the truly free model out there on-line and developed by software program engineer Josh Wardle.

“I like Wordle a lot I made a decision to make my very own Wordle app however with a twist,” he wrote on Monday. “You’ll be able to play limitless occasions in the event you’re on the Professional model.”

Screenshot of a Tweet from Shakked saying Wordle inspired his app.

What a twist.
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The Professional model, it must be identified, prices $29.99. “Cost shall be charged to your iTunes account at affirmation of buy on a as soon as every week foundation,” explains the App Retailer itemizing.

Calling it like he sees it.
Credit score: Screenshot: Twitter

Notably, Shakked appears to have discovered success. Earlier than making his Twitter account non-public Tuesday afternoon, he claimed that “we’ll the fucking moon,” referring to rising curiosity within the app.

Screenshot of a tweet bragging about download statistics.

Mooning.
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Whereas downloads could also be trending up, scores of Twitter customers referred to as out the developer for ripping off Wardle’s thought.

We reached out to Shakked in an try to find out if he has a response to the swift backlash (apart from making his Twitter account non-public), however acquired no fast response. We additionally reached out to Wardle, who launched the Wordle internet recreation in October, however acquired no fast response.

In line with the New York Instances, Wardle named the sport “Wordle” as a play on his final identify. Shakked, nonetheless, initially appeared outwardly defiant. In response to a Twitter remark that Wardle was first to make use of the “Wordle” identify for a word-puzzle recreation, Shakked wasn’t swayed.

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“Was he first,” requested Shakked. “I see an app referred to as Wordle that was final up to date 5 years in the past.”

It is unclear what particular app he’s speaking about, and if that app can also be a word-puzzle recreation nearly precisely like Wardle’s model.

Screenshot of a tweet from Shakked.

No regrets.
Credit score: Screenshot: Twitter

It is price declaring that, as of the time of this writing, there are a minimum of 5 different word-puzzle video games with some variation of the identify “Wordle” within the App Retailer all launched inside the previous few weeks that seem to repeat Wardle’s recreation. So one would possibly marvel why Shakked’s model specifically is on the receiving finish of a lot ire — that’s, if he weren’t being such a dick about it.

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