Apple removes game about growing marijuana from App Store
Weed Firm was removed from the App Store while apps that actually tell you where to buy marijuana remain.
Apple has removed a popular game about growing marijuana from the iTunes App Store.
The game, Weed Firm, is just one of many on the iTunes App Store that feature marijuana in some way, and you can still download a number of apps that can help you locate where to legally buy marijuana in states like Colorado, review different strains of the plant, and much more.
According to a statement (via Adweek) from Weed Firm developer Manitoba games, its game was pulled because it was more popular than others. “This was entirely Apple's decision, not ours,” it said. “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.”
As indicated by the iTunes App Store guidelines, the company reserves the right to reject or remove any app for content or behavior it believes is over the line. This usually refers to adult content, but we’ve also seen Apple pull an app about plastic surgery reportedly aimed at children, and the mobile version of Wolfenstein 3D from the Swiss and Austrian app stores for featuring swastikas.
Manitoba Games promises that Weed Firm will return to the iTunes App Store after it’s been “censored a bit to comply with Apple's strictest requirement since they are going to be looking very attentively at what we submit from now on.”