If that sounds bizarre, it’s because it is. But that’s exactly what a spokesperson for Kage Games, the creators of “Dog Wars”, a dogfighting Android phone application is claiming. The controversial phone app encourages players to "Raise your dog to beat the best" and allows players to train a virtual pit bull to fight other virtual dogs. “Winners” earn virtual money and a chance to participate in more dogfighting competitions.
Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states. California penalties include up to three years in prison and a maximum $50,000 fine.
So while animal welfare groups and the head of the Los Angeles Police union are urging Google to permanently pull this app from its phone application marketplace, the creators of the game are claiming that the game is misunderstood. A Kage Games spokesperson had this to say: "We are in fact animal lovers ourselves. This is our groundbreaking way to raise money/awareness to aid REAL dogs in need, execute freedom of expression, and serve as a demonstration to the competing platform that will not allow us as developers to release software without prejudgment."
As of now, the app has been taken down. However, the creator is updating it, leading the public to believe that the company intends to rerelease it in the near future.