'Angry Trayvon' Android game sparks social media outrage [Update]


"Angry Trayvon" is reportedly in the process of being pulled from the Google Play Store.

A smartphone game seemingly depicting slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin as an armed vigilante drew outrage on social media networks Monday, and within a matter of hours the game was pulled after the backlash questioned how it was even approved in the first place.

"Angry Trayvon," an Android game from developer Trade Digital, depicts a hooded character on a "world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities everyday [sic]." Despite the game's name, Trade Digital's Twitter account states it "was not intended to portray any people in real life." The character's hooded sweatshirt, however, is reminiscent of the attire Martin was wearing at the he was killed by George Zimmerman, who is currently standing trial for murdering Martin.

The game's website states an iOS version was in the works as well, though it's not clear if "Angry Trayvon" was ever released through Apple's app store.

post on Tumblr garnered more than 1,400 responses within five hours Monday, with the overwhelming majority of responses supporting an effort to get the app pulled from the Google Play Store. Several hundred tweets or retweets seeking the games removal were also posted on Twitter. Many of the complaints call the game racist as the main character, who is depicted fighting others on unsavory streets, has an extensive array of weapons despite the fact that Martin, a black 17-year-old, had no weapons on him when he was killed.

The game's listing was quickly bombarded with hundreds of negative reviews following the social media campaigns; as of writing, the game has a score of 1.4 based on 714 reviews, 625 of which gave it the lowest possible score.

"Angry Trayvon" was pulled from the Google Play Store following a post on the game's Facebook page announcing the removal, though it was still available to download for several hours. A high-definition version of the game, "Angry Trayvon HD," is still available on the store.

In its Facebook post, Trade Digital defended the game as a source of entertainment with no racial agenda.

"The people spoke out therefore this game was removed from the app stores," the post states. "Sorry for the inconvenience as this was just an action game for entertainment. This was by no means a racist game. Nonetheless, it was removed as will this page and anything associated with the game will be removed."

Neowin has contacted Google asking if the company's app approval process noted any concerns prior to the game being published; this article will be updated if a response is received.

Update: The HD version of the game has been pulled. Multiple requests for comment from Google were not returned after a representative said questions would be forwarded to the "right person."

Source: Google Play Store via Deezyville (Tumblr) | Image via Google Play Store

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neohelp said,
Can we post the APK here?

Chances are that is a big fat NO! Neowin is extremely sensitive.

I am sure if you look around at other sites who are no so sensitive you may find it.

I'm not even going to dignify this article with a reading of it. This is just plain sick!!

I hope that company suffers mega repercussions!!

Freedom of Speech. Only repercussion was it getting pulled. Have you read the YouTube comments lately? I don't see the racist comments suffering "mega repercussions".

Actually it's pretty vague. So I wrote an unauthorized biography of a celebrity. That is using a well known persons name to promote my book. Hmm, what's the difference?

It doesn't matter what name they use. People will still find fault with it. They'll try and claim its racist etc.

Its a video game #GetOverIt

I'm glad I know the developers name as I will not be doing any business with them. Did they think of the families feelings? Google should be ashamed . This is oe of the reasons I don't like Google....they will let any app in store to increase app count....what pos.

We'll see how "outraged" these angry complainers are when Zimmerman walks and certain people start wrecking and looting (see thousands of twitter messages organizing it in advance)

Games like these should never been approved in the first place. It promote violence and the developer should be ashamed of him/herself.

I agree! I haven't been able to stop myself from freezing people and then upper cutting them since the first time I played Mortal Kombat. If only it was possible to separate video games from reality.

Oh so your okay with the likes of CoD, Battlefield, Halo, Saints Row, GTA, Fable, Prototype etc that promote violence.

Also after playing those games I feel like blowing up a car ..... well why not I played a violent video game so that must mean I want to carry out violence in the real world

Enron said,
I was thinking it would be more like Angry Birds, but it's not too bad for a crudely made phone game.

It is what it is. People are so easily offended. It's not an award winning game but it passes the time while on the toilet or bus. LOL

Oh man, that is so sad. I am absolutely and positively disturbed that something like this happened. I was looking for something interesting to play while I wait in the welfare line.

yuck, looks like newgrounds animation.. if anything is taboo about this, it's THAT. game would'a been ok otherwise..

"Many of the complaints call the game racist as the main character, who is depicted fighting others on unsavory streets, has an extensive array of weapons despite the fact that Martin, a black 17-year-old, had no weapons on him when he was killed."
How is that racist in any way?

LOL I was thinking the exact thing. I hate how people throw the race card at everything. People need to learn what true racism is.

A smartphone game seemingly depicting slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin as an armed vigilante drew outrage on social media networks Monday, and within a matter of hours the game was pulled after the backlash questioned how it was even approved in the first place.

Umm.. I'm going to go with the people approving these games are not based in the US and have no knowledge of our current events.

Or, just as likely, it didn't violate any terms of the app store and therefor was approved.

To answer your question YES!

Everyone including you and me love to complain. We complain of how cold it is, and then we complain on how hot it is. We complain on if games are the reason kids turn violent (which it's not).

This world has become a sick politically correct world, and it's a shame. I wish people could stop being so scared all of the time and defend for themselves. If you don't want your kid to download the game then don't allow them. We should have the ability to choose what we want to play/see. If you don't want your kid to see or play it then be a parent and don't let them.

Scutley said,

Everyone including you and me love to complain.

True. I enjoyed the XBOX ONE debacle. But stuff like this just makes me dismay.

See, that's the great thing about Windows Phone. This app will come out in 2014 when nobody cares about it anymore.

Things like this amazes me. The guy died a year ago, and most of the poeople who complained don't give a toss about him, they just wanted to feel powerful. There are far more serious issues in the world and only this guy gets all the attention.

Its just a video game at the end of the day people. #GetOverIt

illage3 said,
Things like this amazes me. The guy died a year ago, and most of the poeople who complained don't give a toss about him, they just wanted to feel powerful. There are far more serious issues in the world and only this guy gets all the attention.

Its just a video game at the end of the day people. #GetOverIt

Why couldn't they name it something different? It was a cash grab over someone's dead body. Doesn't that strike you as morally corrupt? And don't bring up the films that do it or whatever ... I know ... I think they're morally corrupt too. But saying there's other stuff out there doing it doesn't reduce the twisted nature of this. These developers are more than likely immature little kids who have no moral compass.

Spirit Dave said,

Why couldn't they name it something different? It was a cash grab over someone's dead body. Doesn't that strike you as morally corrupt? And don't bring up the films that do it or whatever ... I know ... I think they're morally corrupt too. But saying there's other stuff out there doing it doesn't reduce the twisted nature of this. These developers are more than likely immature little kids who have no moral compass.


There goes Mr. High-and-Mighty with the insults again. You don't know the devs so who gives you the right to insult their nature? So they made an off-color game, BFD.

ahhell said,

There goes Mr. High-and-Mighty with the insults again. You don't know the devs so who gives you the right to insult their nature? So they made an off-color game, BFD.

How is what I said high and mighty? And you don't know the devs so who gives you the right to speak for them against me? I wonder how you feel if one of your family is killed and someone makes a distasteful videogame about it. Probably quite different. Except right now I expect your answer to be something stupid like "I'd laugh with it". I can say what the hell I like here about these losers. They put their dumb minded game out there desperate to scrounge some money from the death of another person, so they're subject to criticism and you're in no position to tell me I can't make judgement on them.

Edited by OOOOOOOO, Jul 9 2013, 11:38am :

If you consider movies and games about similar events in general morally corrupt, what are you doing with your senseless baptism in this topic whatsoever?
No one kind of worries about killing Nazis, yeah. Because Nazis didn't have any families!
What gives you the right to speak against *anyone*? Talk about morally corrupt...

Phouchg said,
If you consider movies and games about similar events in general morally corrupt, what are you doing with your senseless baptism in this topic whatsoever?
No one kind of worries about killing Nazis, yeah. Because Nazis didn't have any families!
What gives you the right to speak against *anyone*? Talk about morally corrupt...

This whole forum is dedicated to speaking against everyone ... you've done it, the person above has done it, and more will and have. That's life. But you're right ... it's a beautiful thing when people take advantage of dead people In fact, let me know when your next relative dies, as I'd love to make a video game based on it .... I'm sure loads of people would love that. And you'd commend it of course... right?

You know what? Neowin is full of hateful bull**** and so many people here are either conspiracy mental cases, or argumentative little ****s ... I'm kinda sick of self righteous bull****ters here. I'm not re-subscribing to this place. lol.

I don't see how half of the world considers the damn shtbrck anything important, especially before the Court has ruled who was guilty.
As I've said above, thousands of people die, even get killed, in wars and immoral entertainment is currently being enjoyed by the same people that call all this distasteful. Which is terrible hypocrisy at best.
And you judge of people, but others cannot? Same goes for you.

Phouchg said,
I don't see how half of the world considers the damn shtbrck anything important, especially before the Court has ruled who was guilty.
As I've said above, thousands of people die, even get killed, in wars and immoral entertainment is currently being enjoyed by the same people that call all this distasteful. Which is terrible hypocrisy at best.
And you judge of people, but others cannot? Same goes for you.

Blah blah ****ing blah. I'm leaving now ... I just realised I have a real life to enjoy BYE!

OOOOOOOO said,

This whole forum is dedicated to speaking against everyone ... you've done it, the person above has done it, and more will and have. That's life. But you're right ... it's a beautiful thing when people take advantage of dead people In fact, let me know when your next relative dies, as I'd love to make a video game based on it .... I'm sure loads of people would love that. And you'd commend it of course... right?

So by your logic video games shouldn't be taking advantage of people who died? Okay so lets just tell Treyarch, Ininfity Ward, 343i, Ubisoft, and all other developers they can't make games then.

At the end of day a video game is a video game. People need to stop crying over matters of naming and just enjoy the game for what it is.

Neowin has contacted Google asking if the company's app approval process noted any concerns prior to the game being published

Approved because:
1. Its not a malware
2. Its not designed to block ads
3. Its will attract sales, which means profits. (the most important reason of all)

Very poor taste. I think the devs created this with the purpose of stirring up hype and hopefully garnering interest in their app. Unfortunately for them most of the interest is negative. Next up might be Angry Jodie,or Run Travis Run. o0

I have not heard about that game. I looked it up to see what's the fuss about.. I am a big fan of the racing games... I also play shooting games such as Halo, BF, etc.

I love how you put [sic] after a grammatical error, I'm assuming to poke fun at the developer and their level of something... maybe education, yet, you make an error in the same sentence.

ccoltmanm said,
I love how you put [sic] after a grammatical error, I'm assuming to poke fun at the developer and their level of something... maybe education, yet, you make an error in the same sentence.

Not really, it's standard practice when quoting a sentence which contains grammar or spelling mistakes.

ccoltmanm said,
I love how you put [sic] after a grammatical error, I'm assuming to poke fun at the developer and their level of something... maybe education, yet, you make an error in the same sentence.

Not poking fun at all - it's standard in writing. See here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sic

I understand what Sic means. I just thought it was amusing that the author made a mistake in the same sentence that he was pointing out that they made a mistake. I see that the author has fixed his sentence. Must be nice to be able to edit something, as opposed to someone not being able to and being called out on it.

And what if it was a game called Angry Zimmerman? Depicting an angry Mexican running around shooting people in hoodies? Would it be any less racist? In any better taste? Nope? Would people protest it? Probably not.

That would be no more appropriate and I'm sure a different crowd would be just as offended. But Martin is dead and profiting from the death of someone in this manner is at best opportunistic in the worst way.

rfirth said,
And what if it was a game called Angry Zimmerman? Depicting an angry Mexican running around shooting people in hoodies? Would it be any less racist? In any better taste? Nope? Would people protest it? Probably not.

I feel like that would have been way worse. In this game he's a vigilante who's fighting crime. It's basically batman with a black kid. So he shares the name of the guy who got killed, so what?

rfirth said,
And what if it was a game called Angry Zimmerman? Depicting an angry Mexican running around shooting people in hoodies? Would it be any less racist? In any better taste? Nope? Would people protest it? Probably not.

So now this is a racism issue!?!?! hahahaha.... now I've heard it all!!!


but I disagree... I think people would protest it if it was Zimmerman going after people in hoodies. It's a stereotype so people are going to assume it has to do with going after black people so it's raaaaaaacist.

Edited by bguy_1986, Jul 9 2013, 4:50pm :

Gerowen said,
Sounds like roughly 1,400 people need to stop being so sensitive...

Even though quite abrubt is have to +1 this. This does if this WAS the purpose of this game, depict real events. This is no different than a film which claims to be a true story. What if someone was to make a game on a true story based film?? Controversy then?? People do need to wake up and realise what happens when you start down a iffy road, accept what comes out other sides of it if based on similar methods

Edited by ~Johnny, Jul 9 2013, 7:44pm :

Gerowen said,
Sounds like roughly 1,400 people need to stop being so sensitive...

The devs are playing with emotions. They could have changed the name or waited few years for things to cool down.

Edited by ~Johnny, Jul 9 2013, 7:56pm :

yardmanflex said,
@Gerowen If it was your family member you would be singing a different tune....you hypocrite...

Not relevant. Those 1400 people I can guarantee are not related to anyone in this case and don't really have anything to do with it.

@SharpGreen It does not applies to only the 1400 people but to all who think this ish is funny...are something to take lightly...so get a grip.

It makes them feel important to care, in reality they really couldn't care about this at all. Same goes for a lot of stuff.

Bamsebjorn said,
I don't see any problem with this game. They are allowed to make movies about real life events, why not this?

Just because something can be done doesn't mean that it should be done.

But it certainly doesn't mean it shouldn't be done. It may be in poor taste and I certainly wouldn't download it, but it definitely shouldn't be banned. If people don't want it, they wont download it. Simple as that. You can't go around banning things just because you disagree with them. No one is being harmed by this game.

Bamsebjorn said,
I don't see any problem with this game. They are allowed to make movies about real life events, why not this?


They pay money to do those movies ...