Despite "Weed Firm" becoming the number one iOS App on the iTunes charts last week, Apple removed the free ganja-growing game from their store. Likewise, Android users on Google Play can no longer access the game, although the developers said that getting it back on Google is just a matter of finding a new publisher.
On their website, Weed Firm developer Manitoba Games confirmed the game's removal “was entirely Apple's decision, not ours."
Apple did not offer an explanation as to why Weed Firm was removed from their App Store, leaving Manitoba to speculate: "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."
However, Manitoba promised to have Weed Firm back up for Apple gamers after censoring it "a bit." However, when the game returns to Google Play, it will remain in its uncensored form. CNET posited that even though Apple had to approve of Weed Firm in the first place, it could be that its popularity both among gamers and the press led to the consumer electronics giant re-evaluating their original approval of the game, due to their strict, if contradictory, requirements.
The premise of Weed Firm is that expelled botany student Ted Growing inherits a cannabis cultivation operation in a suburban home. The player (playing as Ted) then learns to grow pot, including producing new and different strains, as well as expanding the customer base with the intent of becoming the biggest weed dealer around. Being involved in a black-market industry, Ted must also contend with violent competitors and law enforcement.
For some players, Weed Firm can't come back soon enough. Curiously, the App Store still offered three similar pot games – Weed Farmer, Weed Tycoon and iRoll Up Friends – when checked recently.