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Developer of unrelated Worldle app donates proceeds to charity

It's early 2022, but one thing is already clear: Wordle has become one of the breakout games of the year. And its success has given a boost to a five-year-old iOS app called Wordle - which is completely unrelated to the popular pun currently taking over the Internet - to the developer's surprise, IGN reported.

Steven Cravotta created Wordle mobile App Store game when he was 18, "mostly for fun, to sharpen my coding skills and maybe make a quick buck," he explained in a Twitter thread. The app did not launch, unlike his previous creation, an app called Grid, and therefore he stopped updating it after about 100,000 downloads. As of last week, he says the app has "received 200,000 downloads in the last 7 days and it's not even slowing down yet."

The viral browser game Wordle, created by Josh Wardle, gives players six attempts to guess a word in 5 letters. It has a simple hook that makes it easy to play and easy to build a daily habit around. The game's popularity got it covered in a number of prominent publications, which almost certainly led people to search for the game's name in the App Store, as Cravotta explained in his Twitter thread.

But there is not one Wordle app - at least not from the creator of the browser game. Of course, that has not deterred people from searching for the game in the App Store. Some people have exploited this by creating shameless clones that tear off Wordle concept. (Many of these clones have since disappeared from the iOS App Store.)

Cravottas Wordle app is completely different and it was designed independently of any of this. In light of the app's popularity, Cravotta reached out to Josh Wardle, and the two chose to donate the profits to Boost! West Oakland, a charity founded in 1997 that offers guidance and mentoring to students in the area.

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