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Who has taken the name Mazement in App Store?

02-19-2013, 01:16 PM
#1
Joined: Feb 2013
Location: Finland
Posts: 11
Who has taken the name Mazement in App Store?

Hello TouchArcade forums,

I am part of Wronghut, a small 3-man indie game development team based in Finland. We were just about to publish our first game Mazement (http://www.mazement-game.com), when we found out that someone has taken the name in App Store. Couple of weeks ago we checked in iTunes Connect that the name is still available but then wanted to create proper screenshots and texts for the App Store page and still fix some bugs before submitting and in that short time the name had been reserved by someone else.

Since Apple won’t tell us who it is that has reserved the name, nor are they willing to pass on a message from us to them, we are asking here in case whoever they are might read this forum, or someone on the forum knows them and could pass on the message.

We have spent over a year developing our game and it is not nice to be halted by this and change the name just as we are about to release. We also have already done some marketing (sent a press release, set up a web-page, made a teaser trailer) using the name Mazement and for example have the first page in google results for Mazement, so we think it would be better for the other developer too if they went with a different name so they won’t have to try and beat us in for example the google results. The app developer who has taken the name Mazement in the App Store, if you are reading this, could you possibly be so kind as to change your app’s name to something else and give the name Mazement “back” to us?

In all reality, we do not believe the developer who has taken the name even reads this forum but we just felt that the only thing left in our power to do about this is to reach out this way.

And yes, we know we should have reserved the name in the App Store in advance but we didn’t because we felt we need to prepare the material properly first, which as we now know was a rookie mistake.

Sorry our first post has to be about this and not about releasing our debut product Mazement. We would have had these nice screenshots ready and everything.



And here is our teaser too:

02-19-2013, 01:28 PM
#2
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 734
hi even if they change their name im not sure it will become automatically available. have apple said they will allow you to take it if it is dropped?

02-19-2013, 01:33 PM
#3
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 143
I don't even think you can transfer names even if you found out who. Once it's been registered, that's it, and if those guys don't release a game with that name, it will eventually expire. Supposedly you can then never use that name again.

You should register way ahead of time, because you can always submit builds to get rejected to keep the name.

You can just use "Mazement Game"

Last edited by tofusoup; 02-19-2013 at 01:35 PM.
02-19-2013, 01:39 PM
#4
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 734
well had a look though this guide, if they delete their app or not submit with 6 months i think it does become available. if they submit a binary it can never be used again.

http://developer.apple.com/library/i...11225-CH13-SW1


to be honest i would just change the app name to something else like tofusoup said

or

Mazement : the first chapter
02-19-2013, 01:48 PM
#5
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 143
02-19-2013, 04:41 PM
#6
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Germany
Posts: 8,637
Quote:
Originally Posted by tofusoup View Post
or how about aMazement

Now that's gold!

Hi, you seemed to be lost on the Internets.
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02-19-2013, 05:36 PM
#7
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 15
I think what might have happened is that Apple reserved the name when you checked if it was available and cancelled the creation. Normally just reserve the name and upload a dummy screenshot (could just be a blank image). One trick I've heard of others using but have not tested myself is to set "Canadian English" as your primary language and see if the name is available.