5 Year Old Game Also Named Wordle Rides The Wave, Donates Profits To Charity

Sometimes, Twitter deviates from being a hellscape and fosters a sense of community. A recent instance of this was when people suddenly started posting coloured grids on their timelines. Wordle has become pretty popular – so much that the browser game has already begun "inspiring" clone apps that look to make a quick buck thanks to its popularity. However, it turns out not all these Wordle apps are blatant cash grabs.

As spotted by GamesRadar, Steven Cravotta is an app developer who created a game – coincidentally named Wordle – around five years ago, with a gameplay format quite different from that of the browser game. It was mostly forgotten over the years and Cravotta ended support and updates as well. However, the recent surge in popularity of the browser game led him to check his App store analytics a few days ago, and he was greeted with quite a shock.

His app, which used to receive one or two downloads a day, suddenly received around 200,000 downloads in the previous week. "It caught traction and soon major publications started running articles about his Wordle game, but none of them clearly specified that this was an ‘internet browser’ only game, so naturally people went to the AppStore to search Wordle," he explained in a Twitter thread.

"Low [sic] and behold, those people came across my app, also conveniently named Wordle," he continued. "My Wordle app has gotten 200,000 downloads in the past 7 days and its not even slowing down yet. I reached out to @powerlanguish [Josh Wardle, the creator of the browser game] to see if we could donate the proceeds I have gotten."

Cravotta's app contains in-app purchases, resulting in it earning an unexpected bit of revenue as well. Rather than keeping the money like the blatant copycats intended to, he reached out to Wardle in order to donate the proceeds to a charity or non-profit. The two decided on Boost, an organization that provides tutoring and mentorship to children in Oakland, California.

It's always nice discovering wholesome stories like this, especially at a time when most are trying to make money out of Wordle's popularity.

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