As of today, Apple has pulled the number one game “Weed Firm”, formally know as “Weed Farm”, from its U.S. App Store. The marijuana-based game allowed players to grow and sell weed and participate in other drug-dealing activities.
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Reasons for its Removal
In only two weeks of its release, Weed Firm ranked to the top as the number one app in All Categories. From the game’s website, Manitoba Games, description reads: “Follow the story of an expelled botany sophomore Ted Growing as he inherits a growing operation and expands it.” and it continues, “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.”
From that description alone it is clear why Apple wouldn’t want a game like this at the top of its App Store charts. But was this game singled out for promoting “illegal activity” or solely for becoming universally popular?
Well, this is not the first time Apple has banned games that promoted illegal activity. In the past, Apple has removed a similar marijuana-based app known as “Herb Converter”. The sole purpose of the app allowed users to easily convert from ounces to grams. Since the removal of such app, U.S. laws have changed and marijuana is legal in certain states and under special circumstances. Nonetheless, it’s Apple’s decision to reject or remove apps that “present excessively objectionable or crude content”.
In response to the app’s removal, Manitoba Games’ developers respond by saying, “This was entirely Apple’s decision, not ours. We guess the problem was that the game was just too good and got to number one in All Categories, since 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.”
With tons of “weed” games and apps still available on the App Store, it’s hard to say why “Weed Firm” was removed, but all we know is that this won’t stop the Manitoba team!
Creators Had This to Say
“Later this year, we will be releasing our sequel. Weed Firm 2 will feature updated and improved graphics and gameplay, completely new locations, magic mushrooms, new characters, obviously, and much, much more! We are really excited about Weed Firm 2 and hope you love it as much as we do!” Manitoba Games say. Well, “May Jah be with You!”
Though the creators’ game may promote controversial activity, “The creators of this game do not encourage the cultivation or use of cannabis. The plot of this game is solely a work of fiction and should be viewed only as such,” reads the game’s disclaimer. “We do not want kids playing Weed Frm, but we firmly believe that adults should have a choice to do whatever the hell they want as long as they are not hurting anybody in the process,” they say.
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