Apple has pulled developer Manitoba Games' app about growing and dealing weed from its App Store. The game, called Weed Firm, was yanked from the Apple App Store because of its depiction of illegal activity, according to the developer. The game revolves around "the vicious and lawless career of Mr. Ted Growing," an expelled botany sophomore who decides to take over a pot growing operation. The goal of the game is to become the biggest pot dealer in town, by growing and selling to a cast of amusing and dangerous characters, all while avoiding the long arm of the law.
Manitoba Games says that the game's popularity attracted Apple's attention to it.
"As you might have noticed the game is no longer available on the Apple App Store," the company wrote in a post on its web site. "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."
Manitoba Games plans to re-launch a censored Apple version to comply with the "strictest requirement since they are going to be looking very attentively at what we submit from now on." There are plenty of iPhone and iPad marijuana-related apps, but it is likely the depiction of selling pot that got this particular game pulled from the App Store. The game has also been pulled from the Google Play Store – but the issue was with "the developer's publisher" and will return once that issue is resolved by finding a new publisher.
"If we let hypocrites determine what content is suitable for us we will soon all be watching teletubbies instead of Breaking Bad and playing… oh I don't know… nothing good comes to mind, without some form of 'illegal activity' or other really," Manitoba Games concludes.