Apple's latest policy on apps could lead to ban of Candy Crush Saga

Apple's latest policy on apps could lead to ban of Candy Crush Saga
So you're a big-time Candy Crush player on your Apple iPhone, are you? Better play the game while you can. It seems that changes to Apple's policies in the iOS 8 version of the App Store, prevents games from rewarding players for watching an in-app video, or sharing things on social networks. The latter is employed by Candy Crush. Some games will give you an extra turn if you watch a video containing an ad.

Apple's main concern is with the possible manipulation of an app's ranking in the App Store. According to some developers, Apple has been rejecting apps that reward players for viewing an ad, or for sharing on a social network. One developer, whose app was previously listed in the App Store, received a rejection notice even though all he did was re-skin the app. Apple cited guidelines 2.25 and 3.10 in rejecting the application.

Apple's guideline 2.25 prevents developers from promoting apps from other developers "in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store." In addition, a targeted group of customers cannot receive added value from such a promotion. Guideline 3.10 prevents the manipulation of user reviews and chart rankings. Apple said the developer's app showed an EA game as a free game, violating the first rule. The other violation occurred when the app offered free in-game credits for watching videos of  apps made by other developers.

Apple benefits as its mobile ad network iAd provides non-incentivized video. But this is about more than just helping iAds. Apple wants to keep its rankings free from any shenanigans, especially in light of a new App Store search algorithm coming in iOS 8.

There is talk that Apple will retroactively apply these rules, and an email sent to a developer hinted at such when it said that "Going forward, it is appropriate to remove any form of incentivized rating, or ad viewing, etc." Would Apple really remove a game as popular as Candy Crush until it removed the offending code? The tech titan might make some exceptions. In the same email mentioned above, Apple said, "Another app being out of compliance is not a reason for your app to be."

source:  MacRumors



1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Who the f*ck cares?

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Finally, good job Apple Hopefully Google/MS follows suit Also please ban many types of In-App Purchases Cheat/shortcut IAPs shouldn't be banned, they literally remove the challenge of gaming IAPs to removing ads are fine And maybe expansion packs IAPs are ok as well for indie devs

8. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Why should these companies force developers to change things that 'remove the challenge of gaming?'. Let them do with their game as they please.

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

All IAP purchases should be banned except ones that add content, remove ads or are cosmetic things. What is the point of playing a game if your just going to "cheat?"

12. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

To showoff your friends by highscores... I have seen many using cheat on subway surfers only for this reason...

4. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

If Apple would implement that policy, cost of IAPs will rise to compensate loss for ads. Apple should also look at the extravagant costs of IAPs.

5. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

That's a great decision, and i will applaud apple for atleast implementing, not sharing on social network, or sending request to all your buddies to play candy crush saga, its very irritating, and everyday i get lots of request from my friends to play candy crush, where as i don't play this game......

6. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1272; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

So NO SUBWAY SURFERS game too....

7. surethom

Posts: 1722; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

This is actual a good policy.

9. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

what 2.25 really says "Apps that advertise for other apps depriving Apple of precious advertising Revenue are not allowed. Only Apple can make money this way." As for 3.10, that is how every app store should be from the beginning.

10. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

"Another app being out of compliance is not a reason for your app to be." sounds line they'll be kicking out apps based on this policy if and when they feel like it.

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Jeezes even Apple doesn't like anything free. Its just a game man.

13. wilsong17 unregistered

Now apple want to control how you spend your money too

14. RoundhouseMcGee

Posts: 188; Member since: May 25, 2014

So glad my Android and Lumia don't dictate how I can and cannot use my phone. Lol, now they decide what games you can play. Oh wait its always been that way.

15. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Change approved!

16. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

I wont be annoyed by candy crush users on Facebook!??! Great!

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