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Meet the Canadian behind Globle, the web’s hot new geography game

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One of the biggest stories in international relations this week broke when Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan. A high-ranking American’s visit to the disputed country, unrecognized by the United Nations because of its conflict with China, was controversial – perhaps almost as much as when 27-year-old web developer Abe Train decided to include Taiwan in its web game. , Globe.

Okay, so maybe the two aren’t comparable. But hundreds of thousands of people play Globle every day, putting real stress on Train dealing with geopolitical issues from his downtown Toronto apartment. Globle, which launched in January 2022, is one of many imitators of Wordle, the popular online word game bought by The New York Times for $1 million. The spin of Globle is geography: players guess a country, and are informed by a color code whether the country of the day is near or far. Players then continue guessing until they find the nation in question.

Train joins today to explain what made him quit his day job and focus full-time on innovative web design, and how he deals with hate mail on international border definitions, such as Taiwan or the Middle East.

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