'Angry Trayvon' Game Pulled From Google Play Following Outcry
An Android game recently sparked upset for fairly obvious reasons. The app's name? "Angry Trayvon."
Filled with apparent similarities to the Trayvon Martin case, "Angry Travyon" follows a hooded man seeking revenge against perceived enemies on the streets of various cities. The mobile game was reportedly pulled from Google Play on Monday night, but reappeared Tuesday morning for a period of time. The $1.99 app has since been removed once again.
Following an outcry, primarily on social media, the game's developer, Trade Digital, said it planned to purge "Angry Trayvon" entirely from the web, CNET reports.
"The people spoke out therefore this game was removed from the app stores. Sorry for the inconvenience as this was just an action game for entertainment. This was by no means a racist game," Trade Digital wrote in a Facebook post, which also appears to have been deleted.
Google Play appeared to come under the most fire for listing the game, sparking a Change.org petition, though it may have not been the only digital marketplace to feature the app. While earlier reports mentioned that the game was present in the Apple App Store, a spokesman for the Cupertino-based tech giant told The Huffington Post that the game could not have been listed because it was never submitted by the developer.
According to Fast Company, the Google Play listing stated that an updated version of the game was released on June 1, though the original "Angry Trayvon" is believed to have been available to the public as early as Dec. 25, 2012.
A Facebook app page, featuring a list of the game's top players, remained on the web at the time this story was published.
This is the description of that game before they pulled it out
*After being painted as a violent, weed-smoking teen who caused his own untimely death, Trayvon Martin’s legacy will have another log added to the fire: the ill advised “Angry Trayvon” app from a company called Trade Digital.
Available for Apple and Android devices, the app is described as follows:
Trayvon is angry and nobody can stop him from completing his world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities everyday.
Use a variety of weapons to demolish Trayvon’s attackers in various cities around the world.
As you complete a level, you will notice more bad guys coming at Trayvon at a faster pace and a deadlier attack.
If you like to attack from far, then purchase the ‘dagger’ as you will be able to throw it at your enemies for the kill.
If you want to dominate the leaderboards across the world, then make sure you collect the money that the bad guys will drop once you kill them to increase your score.
The Angry Trayvon app is just one of the many ways people are looking to use the case and Trayvon’s death as a means to profit. Another man was selling gun range targets with Trayvon’s image. A hooded figure is illustrated holding Skittles and drinking a beverage, assumed to be Arizona Iced Tea. As some may recall those were items purchased by the teen the night he was gunned down.
Advertisements for the targets were posted on a popular firearms auction website and the sellers stated they “support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug.”
It looks like Google and Apple have thought about it decided it’s not worth the trouble to have such a controversial app connected with them and have deleted it from their respective app stores.
Along with noting that the app had been removed, Trade digital still insists there was nothing racist about it.
“This was by no means a racist game. Nonetheless, it was removed as will this page and anything associated with the game will be removed.”
Here’s the promo for the Angry Trayvon app:
Edited by JoliePoufiasse - Jul 10 2013 at 5:17am