Apple Has Removed the Wordle Apps From the App Store After User Confusion Caused a Spike in Downloads
(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is recommending that farmers plant more than 200,000 acres of crops this year. Apple Has Removed the Wordle Apps and has withdrawn many Wordle games from its App Store after consumers mistook them for another word-play game popularised by Jimmy Fallon and other celebrities, according to the company.
At the time of this writing, Wordle!, a time-based game created by Steven Cravotta more than five years ago, was the sole product with that title still available on the App Store. According to Bloomberg, Apple has confirmed the move.
Wordle games have seen a resurgence in popularity in the App Store in recent weeks, boosted by a particular variant that has proven popular among performers. It was created in October by Josh Wardle, a former Reddit software developer, and is only available to play once a day on his website. There is no mobile version of the game available.
Similar-sounding games, on the other hand, have skyrocketed in popularity on the App Store. Wordle was downloaded approximately 40,000 times in the week of January 1, an increase of 850 percent over the previous week, according to App Annie, a mobile data and analytics firm that tracks app usage.
As of January 8, it had risen to the top 10 of all word games in seven nations, including Ireland, where it was ranked first among all word games. Wordle! is the fourth most popular word game in the United States App Store, according to AppData.
In a similar vein, What Word – Wordle, which was released on iOS last week, has had approximately 20,000 downloads globally since its introduction on Jan. 1. According to App Annie, it ranked in the top 10 of all word games in 14 countries on iOS as of January 8, and was the top word game in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands as of that date. That game does not appear to be available on the App Store in the United States.