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Apple Pulls Big Fish Subscription-Based Game Portal From App Store
Apple Pulls Big Fish Subscription-Based Game Portal From App Store
November 24, 2011 | By Mike Rose

November 24, 2011 | By Mike Rose
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Following news earlier this week that Seattle's Big Fish Games had received approval from Apple to launch what was the first subscription-based gaming portal on iOS devices, the company has now confirmed that Apple has reversed the move and pulled the app from the App Store.

The app allowed users to pay a monthly subscription for dozens of iOS games on demand for unlimited play.

However, according to a Bloomberg report, Apple has now pulled the app from its online store, and did not give Big Fish Games a reason for the reversal.

Paul Thelen, founder of Big Fish, explained, "We were notified that the app was removed. We’re trying to follow up with Apple to try to figure out what happened."

Thelen noted that the company had been working with Apple for several weeks on the deal to make sure it met App Store requirements, and said that Apple had seen the press release for the app before it was sent out.

"It was officially approved," he explained, noting that he is currently looking to find out what went wrong from Apple.


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Bruno Xavier
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What went wrong?! Dozens of games where Apple cant get their 30% cut, thats whats wrong.

Joe Wreschnig
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Is this really the case? From what I read it was using Apple's subscription process, in which case they're getting their cut just fine.

Robert Schmidt
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Why develop for Apple when you risk their capricious approval? Why invest time and money into something that can be removed without cause or accountability?

Cartrell Hampton
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Hey.



Another reason why I don't (and won't) make a game on Apple's platform. Not only do you have to deal with all the red tape that Robert Schmidt just mentioned, but now stuff like this.



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- Ziro out.

Megan Swaine
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It was probably some minor detail about the app itself.

Joe Wreschnig
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My guess: They weren't doing a good job of validating the downloaded software, and it was possible to execute unsigned code.

Darcy Nelson
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I hope we don't have to stare at this chaulk outline for too long before Apple explains their reasoning. How strange. I wonder if it was some minor technicality.

Kevin Gallant
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This doesn't make any sense. Why should anyone pull an Apps out so suddenly? What kind of business case is this?


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