Flappy Bird, the wildly popular game that rose to unprecedented success in no time, is gone. And it’s a ripe time for others to cash in on its fame. But Apple and Google have now started rejecting such app submissions which appear or are clones of Flappy Bird.
The way app stores work, an app’s chances of appearing higher in search results are far better if it uses a particularly popular keyword in its name or description. This is probably the reason why many recent game apps have ‘Flappy‘ in their name or description. Both Google and Apple ignored the issue for some time but now, both are rejecting such apps which are deploying these tactics to amass success.
There are already games like Flappy Pig and Flappy Fish on the app stores but apparently, not many more of these Flappy Bird clones will make it past the official scrutiny.
To cite a case, Ken Carpenter of Mind Juice Media recently stated that his game called ‘Flappy Dragon‘ was rejected by Apple. He was told by the company that ‘we found your app name attempts to leverage a popular app.’ Google is serving many developers with similar notices, asking them to changing the title or other details of the game to make them look less like a part of the Flappy Bird saga.
Google’s warning to developers of Flappy Bird clones instructs them to ‘not use irrelevant, misleading, or excessive keywords in apps descriptions, titles, or metadata.’ Interestingly, even the current games who had previously been accepted on the Google Play or App Store, are changing their titles probably as a result of this policy.
Courtesy: The Verge