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Apple Rejecting 'Flappy' Titled Games From App Store

Apple has begun rejecting games attempting to take advantage of the popularity of the now-defunct Flappy Bird, a hit game that developer Dong Nguyen removed from the App Store earlier in February.

Shortly after Flappy Bird was pulled from the App Store, several clones of the original game soared up through the App Store charts, including a game called Flappy Bee, which stole artwork from a different app.

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Two Flappy Bird clones

According to TechCrunch, Apple began cracking down on Flappy-titled games over the weekend. One developer, who tried to release an app called "Flappy Dragon" into the App Store, had his app rejected by Apple for attempting to "leverage a popular app," thus violating App Store Review Guideline 22.2, which references apps that contain "false, fraudulent, or misleading representations."
22.2: 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.
Several additional Twitter comments revealed that other developers were facing the same rejections on games attempting to use the Flappy moniker, though multiple "Flappy" apps remain in the App Store, including Flappy Fish, Flappy Plane, Flappy Pig, and Flappy Puppy, having presumably made it though the review process before Apple began cracking down on Flappy apps.

Flappy Bee, the aforementioned app that used stolen artwork and managed to make its way to the top of the App Store charts, has, however, had its name changed to Jumpy Bee, suggesting that Apple may also be asking some existing clone apps to change their names to put an end to the Flappy frenzy. At the height of its popularity, Flappy Bird was reportedly earning $50,000 per day from advertising, so it is unsurprising that developers have rushed to fill the Flappy Bird void.

Though Apple has begun cracking down on the Flappy phenomenon, two popular Flappy Bird clones, Splashy Fish and City Bird - Flappy Flyer remain the number one and number two free iPhone apps some eight days after the original Flappy Bird game was pulled from the App Store.

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9 weeks ago
I trust this website will be renaming itself to FlappyRumors.com soon?
Rating: 21 Positives
9 weeks ago
What's with all the flappy hate?

I vote for a "Flappy Bird Roundup" on MR.
Rating: 10 Positives
9 weeks ago
Next up, get rid of that tragic rip off of a game, Candy Crush.
Rating: 10 Positives
9 weeks ago
thank god
Rating: 9 Positives
9 weeks ago
I was going to submit an app called floppy dick but that would probably be rejected for other reasons.
Rating: 8 Positives
9 weeks ago


Apple has begun rejecting games attempting to take advantage of the popularity of the now-defunct Flappy Bird (http://www.macrumors.com/2014/02/03/social-sharing-flappy-bird/), a hit game that developer Dong Nguyen removed from the App Store (http://www.macrumors.com/2014/02/09/flappy-bird-removed/) earlier in February.

Shortly after Flappy Bird was pulled from the App Store, several clones of the original game (http://toucharcade.com/2014/02/09/flappy-bird-removal-spurs-copycats/) soared up through the App Store charts, including a game called Flappy Bee, which stole artwork from a different app.

Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2014/02/flappybirdclones.jpg)Two Flappy Bird clones
According to TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/15/apple-google-begin-rejecting-games-with-flappy-in-the-title/), Apple began cracking down on Flappy-titled games over the weekend. One developer, who tried to release an app called "Flappy Dragon" into the App Store, had his app rejected by Apple for attempting to "leverage a popular app," thus violating App Store Review Guideline 22.2, which references apps that contain "false, fraudulent, or misleading representations."Several additional Twitter comments revealed that other developers were facing the same rejections on games attempting to use the Flappy moniker, though multiple "Flappy" apps remain in the App Store, including Flappy Fish, Flappy Plane, Flappy Pig, and Flappy Puppy, having presumably made it though the review process before Apple began cracking down on Flappy apps.

Flappy Bee, the aforementioned app that used stolen artwork and managed to make its way to the top of the App Store charts, has, however, had its name changed to Jumpy Bee (http://appshopper.com/games/flappy-bee), suggesting that Apple may also be asking some existing clone apps to change their names to put an end to the Flappy frenzy. At the height of its popularity, Flappy Bird was reportedly earning $50,000 per day (http://www.macrumors.com/2014/02/10/nintendo-flappy-bird/) from advertising, so it is unsurprising that developers have rushed to fill the Flappy Bird void.

Though Apple has begun cracking down on the Flappy phenomenon, two popular Flappy Bird clones, Splashy Fish and City Bird - Flappy Flyer remain the number one and number two free iPhone apps some eight days after the original Flappy Bird game was pulled from the App Store.

Article Link: Apple Rejecting 'Flappy' Titled Games From App Store (http://www.macrumors.com/2014/02/17/flappy-bird-clones-rejected/)


But it's still TOTALLY OK to give your game a title that games the search engine using titles of other top games in your genre!

Hey, anybody want to play Real Speed Car Smash Asphalt Driving: The Furious Grand Nitro Racing 3D?
Rating: 7 Positives
9 weeks ago
I'm going to flap my wings and get out of this world if this "Flappy crap" keeps popping up on news.
Rating: 7 Positives
9 weeks ago
I can't wait till we never have to hear about it ever again
Rating: 5 Positives
9 weeks ago

Apple has begun rejecting games attempting to take advantage of the popularity of the now-defunct Flappy Bird ...


OK. Instead of controlling the bird, how about controlling the pipes?
The game could be called "Smashy Bird." I'd play that one (for free.)
Rating: 5 Positives
9 weeks ago
flappygate
Rating: 5 Positives

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