The developer behind a five-year-old app called Wordle has donated his sudden monetary windfall to charity after confused users started flocking to his aging puzzle, mistaking it for the eponymous word game based on Browser.
Wordle, the new one that is, has taken the world by storm in recent months, with users returning to play the word-based head scratcher day after day. Despite its success, creator Josh Wardle has pledged to keep his game browser-based and ad-free – a move that has led many unscrupulous people to clone the game for a quick profit on mobile app stores. .
A Wordle app, however, is legit, predating Wardle’s game by five years – and its developer, Steven Cravotta, was both surprised and perplexed (thanks to Games Radar) to discover the software he had long abandoned and left to languish in a moldy corner. from the iOS App Store was suddenly gaining immense popularity following mainstream media coverage of the new puzzle.
Like Cravotta explained on Twitter, his application, created when he was 18, did not take off as he hoped. And so, “after a few months and about 100,000 total downloads, I stopped updating and promoting [it]“, letting his upload numbers dwindle to single digits over the years. A week ago, however, Cravotta logged into his dashboard, “and was SHOOK at what I saw. “
It turns out that a significant portion of the media coverage didn’t specify that the new Wordle was a browser-based game, and curious people started flocking to the App Store in search of it, only to stumble upon on Cravotta’s own word-based puzzle. “My Wordle app has been downloaded 200,000 times in the last 7 days,” he revealed, “and it’s not even slowing down yet.”
Here’s how a mobile game I created 5 years ago suddenly got blasted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Jimmy Fallon.
— Steven (@StevenCravotta) January 12, 2022
With the old Wordle once again generating revenue for Cravotta as confused customers started pouring money for in-app purchases, the developer decided to reach out to the new Wordle’s Wardle, offering to donate proceeds from his aging game. at the back of the browser. -Based on charity. “I thought we could turn this very weird, once-in-a-lifetime scenario into something amazing!” he explained.
In an update to his thread, Cravotta says he and Wardle have now selected the West Oakland Boost youth literacy program as the recipient of the donation. “Very excited to support such an amazing program,” he wrote. “We think the money will have a real impact here!”.
Confirming the story, Wardle tweeted, “Steven Cravotta reached out to me uninvited and asked me to donate the proceeds. It’s a class act and you should follow it.”