Angry Trayvon, a smartphone game featuring a weapon-wielding, hooded sweatshirt-clad main character, has been removed from the Google Play app store after sparking outrage online, Fast Company reports.
The game, which was released in December, was apparently pulled late on Monday.
"The people spoke out therefore this game was removed from the app stores," a note posted to the game's Facebook page — which was later taken down — read. "Sorry for the inconvenience as this was just an action game for entertainment. 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."
Its removal came less than a day after a Change.org petition was launched that asked Google Play to pull the game:
This application unnecessarily promotes violence and exploits the unfortunate death of Trayvon Martin. I am sure his parents [would] not appreciate the image of their son as a gun toting vigilante. The death of this young man is NOT A GAME. This developer is using the Google Marketplace to exploit the death of an unarmed teen for profit while simultaneously promoting violence. Given the racial and social climate surrounding this issue and the unfair depiction of a deceased minor who perished as a result of gun violence, we are asking that this application be moved from the Google Play marketplace immediately.
The game did not use Martin's surname and made no direct reference to George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watchman accused of killing him. Zimmerman pleaded not guilty, claiming he shot the unarmed 17-year-old in self-defense during a fight in a Sanford, Fla., housing complex.
"Trayvon is angry and nobody can stop him from completing his world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities everyday," the game's description on the Google Play site read. "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. ... If you want to dominate the leaderboards across the world, then make sure you collect the money the bad guys will drop once you kill them."
It's unclear how many people downloaded the Angry Trayvon app before it was pulled, but it received poor ratings from most people. According to Fast Company, more than 600 of the 700 people that reviewed it gave it one star, the lowest rating possible.