Feeds

Apple pulls games subs app DAYS after approving it

Big Fish yanked out of iTunes pond with 'no explanation'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Days after ushering Big Fish into the iTunes store, opening the way to subscription gaming on the iPad, Apple has yanked out its app without a hint of explanation.

The application provided access to a monthly service allowing unlimited access to Big Fish games, and Apple even saw the press release prior launch, the company has told Bloomberg. Big Fish says it received a notification that the app had been removed, but is still trying to get some sort of explanation out of Cupertino.

One might imagine Apple would be pleased to get 30 per cent of the $6.99 monthly fee that gamers were expected to stump up for the service, but perhaps Cupertino has subscription games of its own planned and doesn't want Big Fish muddying the waters ahead of an Apple launch.

Whatever the reason, it’s the arrogance of Apple that annoys developers. The iPhone maker allowed Big Fish to research the market, develop the app and even discuss details of the expected uptake (Big Fish reports that Apple was initially dubious about its projections, but came round to the idea), but then, in a change of heart, the plug is pulled without as much as warning.

The iTunes application store does a reasonably good job of weeding out malware and the more obvious scams but at the price of ceding complete control to Apple. Apple's dominance means developers will put up with almost anything Cupertino does to them, in exchange for access to that market, but behaviour like this is verging on cruelty. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech
Grab 'near-final' version of next Enterprise Linux next week
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.