Charity benefits from people buying app that shares name with the hit game Wordle

Steven Cravotta says he was shocked to discover an app he created five years ago had been downloaded more than 200,000 times in a week

The browser-based Wordle (Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

The developer of a five-year-old app that shares a name with the hit online word game Wordle has pledged to donate the proceeds to charity after hundreds of thousands of people downloaded it in a week. 

Wordle has become synonymous with a massively popular browser-based word game in which players have six guesses to find the correct five-letter word. 

The free game does not have an app version and its creator, Josh Wardle, says he has no plans to make one or to try to make money out of it. 

But Steven Cravotta said that five years ago he made an app of the same name, which asks players to make words out of letters within a time limit. 

Cravotta said on Twitter that his game app, which he made to improve his coding skills, had about 100,000 downloads in the first few months, then only one or two a day since he stopped updating and promoting it.  

But he said last week that he logged on to the App Store and discovered that his app had been downloaded more than 200,000 times in the previous week “and it’s not even slowing down yet”. 

Cravotta said he had contacted Wardle to see if they could donate the proceeds from the app and they had agreed to give the funds to Boost! West Oakland, a California-based charity that supports young people with their reading and writing.

"Very excited to support such an amazing program that focuses on literacy for youth!" said Cravotta. "We feel the money will make a real impact here!"

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