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‘Angry Trayvon’ smartphone game still available despite developers’ claims

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 9:46 EDT
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'Angry Trayvon' phone game pulled after protest [YouTube]
 
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A smartphone game apparently allowing players to fight as slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin remains available for purchase, despite the developers’ public declaration that it had been removed.

Fast Company reported Tuesday morning that Trade Digital, Inc., makers of the “Angry Trayvon” game, released a statement Monday night announcing that the game was no longer available and apologizing.

“Sorry for the inconvenience as this was just an action game for entertainment,” the statement read. “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.”

But the game was still listed and available for purchase on Google Play when The Raw Story searched for it Tuesday morning. The email address listed for Trade Digital at Google Play was apparently invalid. An email requesting comment from Google had not been answered at the time this article was published.

In the game, players guide a character wearing a hoodie, as Martin was when he was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida in February 2012, and are encouraged to “collect money and wallets to increase your score” and “eliminate the bad guys with flying daggers.”

George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Martin, is currently on trial on second-degree murder charges.

Fast Company reported that the game was made available in December 2012, and last updated June 1, 2013.

Watch a short “demo” for the game, posted online by Trade Digital in November 2012, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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