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Apple has pulled the popular, and somewhat controversial, game ‘Weed Firm’ from the App Store this week. The game landed on iOS just a few weeks ago, and had climbed its way to the top of the App Store’s ‘Top Free’ list in several countries.

For those unfamiliar with the game, the game centers around a marijuana business, started by an expelled botany student who inherits a growing operation and expands it. Players control all aspects of the business, including selling cannabis…

Initially, the developers said that the removal would be temporary, allowing them to address a few ‘maintenance’ issues. But according to a new post on Manitoba Games’ website, pulling the game from the App Store was “entirely Apple’s decision.”

Here’s an excerpt from the post (via CNET):

As you might have noticed the game is no longer available on the Apple App Store. 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.

The devs promise that the game will be back, even if they have to heavily censor it—something they’re clearly not happy about. “If we let hypocrites determine what content is suitable for us we will soon all be watching teletubbies instead of Breaking Bad.

Apple gives developers a list of review guidelines for App Store submissions, but they’re plenty of gray areas that allow it to “reject any content or behavior” that they believe to be over the line. It’s possible this game’s popularity garnered a second look.

Before getting pulled, Weed Firm was bouncing around the top 5 free apps list in the App Store, as well as the top 20 highest-grossing apps. According to this recent report from BusinessInsider, the game was pulling in over $80,000 per day in revenue.

  • TeChNoStyLeZ

    I’ ve downloaded it, now I sell my iphone for 10.000 $

  • Jonathan

    Weed Firm: $80,000
    Flappy Bird: $50,000
    Sheesh.
    Now expect Ebay iPhones with this app to be twice the amount.

    • Jon Smith

      who wants to by it?

      • Jonathan

        *buy
        and a kid who doesn’t know a money’s value.

  • TeChNoStyLeZ

    That is actually true , shooting games do also show illegal activities but they are allowed

    • Maxim∑

      Lots of kids browse the app store, I remember there used to be a sniper game in the top 10 and Apple pulled it for not blurring the blood on the app icon

  • Duc T-ra

    yeah, have it on my iPad, but now when im trying to do it . . .

  • JulianZH

    Knew it will happen.

  • XboxOne

    The developer’s message on their website is just idiotic. This game shows growing weed plants as a thing that can be done without no problems from the law.

  • Tyler

    LET US COMMON FOLK THINK FOR OURSELVES

  • Andre Smith

    Yes it was a great game I don’t know why apple deleted it I am so mad about this.

  • MacGuru17

    I knew this would happen. When my (weed-using) friend showed it to me, the first thing I wondered about was how it was allowed on the App Store. He told me to download it; I should have listened to him, lol. I even hovered my finder over the button, but then decided to wait until I had WiFi. Oh well…

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Having a problem in the game. I’m on lvl 6. I bought the vinyl box from the DJ but still am not being able to buy the vinyl. Any idea why?

  • HiGhGuY

    Is there anywhere to download this outside of iTunes? Otherwise, can someone who has it please upload the .ipa to a public google drive or similar cloud storage?

    • HiGhGuY

      HAHA… found it. Haven’t tested it out yet, so not sure if it works. will update after attempting to install. The version I found says its version 1.0, not sure if that’s the latest version? Just go to TPB and search for “weed firm”