Don’t Type “Flappy” on Android’s Play Store and iOS’s App Store

Don't Type Flappy on Android's Play Store and iOS’s App StoreDong Nguyen’s sudden decision to take down his immensely popular mobile game ‘Flappy Bird’ is likely to create a few problems for the existing and upcoming games on Android’s Play Store and iOS’s App Store. The main problem will be for the games or apps that contain the word ‘flappy’. As per the reports, both Apple and Google are simply rejecting any new games which use ‘flappy’ word in their titles. The two companies have said that the move will help them to restrict clones of the popular game from coming up on their store.

The Cupertino giant denied upfront to add a game called Flappy Dragon to its app store. The game was developed by Ken Carpenter of Canada. He works for Mind Juice Media in Vancouver. He said that the reason company gave for such rejection was his app dishonored the section 22.2 of the App Store Review Guidelines.

As per the guideline, Mr. Carpenter got a warning, “Apps that contain false, fraudulent or misleading representations will be rejected. We found that your app, and/or its metadata, contains content that could be misleading to users, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines. We found your app name attempts to leverage a popular app”. Mr. Carpenter said that he will resubmit his game under a different title Dwerpy Dragon.

Google Android’s Playstore too reacted in somewhat similar fashion when it came across the word ‘flappy’. It simply treated the entries using the word as spam. Mr. Carpenter said that he did not receive a detailed and fair warning from Google as he received from Apple. He added that the search engine giant did not give a detailed warning on why his entry was rejected. The company simply referred his entry as spam and was not very specific in its reasons for such denial.

Another source said that both the companies are denying such requests so that they can fight clones of the highly popular game quite effectively. Some of the games that may be affected by the move include Splashy Fish, Flappy Pig etc. another app called Flappy Bee recently changed its name to Jumpy Bee.

Only future will tell how the developments take place on the complications arouse out of the sudden taking down of Flappy Bird.


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