Apple removes top free iOS app 'Weed Firm' from App Store without explanation

One of the top games in Apple's App Store recently has been 'Weed Firm,' a game that sets the player up as a grower and distributor of marijuana. The game is somewhat controversial and shot up the rankings of the App Store quickly becoming number one. The app has now been pulled by Apple, possibly for violating the guidelines set out for the App Store. 

When the game disappeared the developers, Manitoba Games, tweeted that the app would be "down from the App Store for a few days" due to "a few maintenance things." The tweet may not represent the whole picture, however, as Manitoba Games note on their website, the decision was "entirely Apple's...not ours." The reason Apple removed it is still unclear with the developers saying the game must have been "too good". 

Manitoba Games claim that the app will return to the App Store soon, possibly minus some of the more controversial aspects of the game. Apple's removal of 'Weed Firm' appears to be even more strange when apps such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas portraying similar scenes and still being available. In their guidelines, Apple reserves the right to remove apps that are "over the line." 

Source: Manitoba Games | Image via 4 Cast

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Lot of other weed apps on the App store. This was just removed since it was the most popular app and Apple doesnt want to be associated with it. If this wasnt a popular app, it probably would have been left alone.

goodbytes said,
You need an explanation? It's pretty clear...
I was going to write the same thing!

Edited by 68k, May 22 2014, 12:27pm :

Pluto is a Planet said,
Durgs are bad!!!!!!!1

It is not if the marihuana is good or bad but it is illegal everywhere but in some specific states.

goodbytes said,
You need an explanation? It's pretty clear...

True, it is is clear why but it still isn't a good reason. Murdering people and stealing things are both illegal. Should we pull every game that involves killing people or stealing off the market? Sure they may not want to be associated with it but when you have a store full of fart apps it is a little late to start standing on pedestals.

Thrackerzod said,

True, it is is clear why but it still isn't a good reason. Murdering people and stealing things are both illegal. Should we pull every game that involves killing people or stealing off the market? Sure they may not want to be associated with it but when you have a store full of fart apps it is a little late to start standing on pedestals.

Good point.

Brony said,
It is not if the marihuana is good or bad but it is illegal everywhere but in some specific states.
That spelling hurts my brain, and unlike mine, I'm sure yours was unintentional >.<

Thanks to walled garden marketplaces, the owner of the garden (no, its not you dear consumer, its the vendor!) can freely do whatever is in its mood.

Vester said,
People still use iphones?

They only sold 43,7 million iPhones Q2 2014? Bet some people still use them. Troll.

CJEric said,

this may come as a shock to you, but more people than ever are using iPhones...

Dumb people still being dumb i guess :(

Vester said,
Dumb people still being dumb i guess :(

Well, technically a higher level of education correlates with iPhone ownership, but who says smart people can't make dumb decisions too, right? ;)

Hardcore Til I Die said,

You're a 27 year old who cares about what phones people buy. :laugh:

Yeah, iPhone owners are dumb...

I save a few £100 each year all i do is get a phone given me when a contract is up that someone else had taken out. Or i pickup a dirt cheap one off the street with a broken screen and repair it myself.

Had an S3 for a few years now got it for free a few months after release due to broken screen. Quick £7 fix at the time. Will likely upgrade to something else fairly soon though.

If you ask me doing that is better than spending silly money on a phone that is more expensive and inferior to many on the market.

Vester said,

I save a few £100 each year all i do is get a phone given me when a contract is up that someone else had taken out. Or i pickup a dirt cheap one off the street with a broken screen and repair it myself.

Had an S3 for a few years now got it for free a few months after release due to broken screen. Quick £7 fix at the time. Will likely upgrade to something else fairly soon though.

If you ask me doing that is better than spending silly money on a phone that is more expensive and inferior to many on the market.

So what is your point to all of this? You do realize what is a waste of money to you, is not the same for someone else? There are different economic situations. Different opportunity cost. Some people may think my household is dumb for having an RV, quads, a couple of old mustangs for the drag strip, my Shelby, and our daily drivers. These things are not cutting into my retirement, vacation, health for the family and my daughter's college fund. So why not? I can't take my money to the grave with me, so I will enjoy life the best I could. You cannot tell someone they are dumb for spending their money without knowing their specific situation.

I think, if you're not paying for my contract nor my phone itself, shut up. You're still trying to troll over ONE phone that 1000s of Androids have been trying to surpass over the years, you bash the same company who works on your Android or Windows Phones. I'm not even mad, I'm disappointed in this part of the tech community. This isn't even about Apple's iPhones, it goes alongside Macs too. You compare every other windows computer to Apple, and what do you know? Every Windows computer runs WINDOWS. It's these stupid OEM's that you should continue to look at instead of a company that's done it's best to run independently. Go troll in a toilet, alright?

Vester said,

I save a few £100 each year all i do is get a phone given me when a contract is up that someone else had taken out. Or i pickup a dirt cheap one off the street with a broken screen and repair it myself.

Had an S3 for a few years now got it for free a few months after release due to broken screen. Quick £7 fix at the time. Will likely upgrade to something else fairly soon though.

If you ask me doing that is better than spending silly money on a phone that is more expensive and inferior to many on the market.


Except that it's not always a quick fix, and can easily lead to continuing issues leaving you miserable. I speak from experience as an Android user. There's a line between being frugal and being cheap. One good experience doesn't change the many bad ones.

dead.cell said,

Except that it's not always a quick fix, and can easily lead to continuing issues leaving you miserable. I speak from experience as an Android user. There's a line between being frugal and being cheap. One good experience doesn't change the many bad ones.

Yeah you get a few duff ones but i can always sell them for parts so never loose out anyway :)

Vester said,

I save a few £100 each year all i do is get a phone given me when a contract is up that someone else had taken out. Or i pickup a dirt cheap one off the street with a broken screen and repair it myself.

Had an S3 for a few years now got it for free a few months after release due to broken screen. Quick £7 fix at the time. Will likely upgrade to something else fairly soon though.

If you ask me doing that is better than spending silly money on a phone that is more expensive and inferior to many on the market.

My point was, why let what other people buy concern you?

If you like Android phones, great! Why does it bother you that I like iPhones?

TheSeeker11 said,
May I suggest a more up to date iOS screenshot?

iOS is stale and dated... why shouldn't it's picture reflect that?

wernercd said,

iOS is stale and dated... why shouldn't it's picture reflect that?

I guess millions love their dated phones. SMH!

JHBrown said,
I guess millions love their dated phones. SMH!

Of course they do... people hate change. People like what they know.

It's the same reason millions of people have been using XP until recently - and some still refuse to change. Unless you think that XP isn't stale and dated (and insecure) as well?