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Is it possible..? App Store Question about New Games

12-09-2014, 12:48 AM
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Is it possible..? App Store Question about New Games

Is it possible to be featured by Apple under Best New Games or Best New Updates without Apple emailing you or anything first?

Or Editor's choice?

Also, nowadays when does the App Store advertise best new games? Those go up on Wednesday or Thursday?

I just had a pro release of my game tonight. Should be available on store in 24ish hours.

So I was wondering about this question!!

12-09-2014, 03:07 AM
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My understanding is Apple will never tell you. Don't get your hops up however cause it has to be pretty standout.

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12-09-2014, 07:37 AM

I didn't receive any notification when my game was featured. However you quickly discover it for yourself when you check your downloads, assuming the feature is in a reasonably large territory.

As far as I know, they only inform you if you're featured in the top banner area, in which case I believe they contact you to request art assets for the banner.

Re. the day the feature lists are updated, I think it's Thursday. Bear in mind too that you can still get featured in best new games a week or two after release.
12-09-2014, 12:24 PM
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Just like what Shaun said, the apps featured on the Best App/Game list usually aren't notified by Apple beforehand, unless you're on the editor's choice or anything that requires additional artworks. My latest game recently got featured in the US and I didn't even know for a while until I checked it accidentally.

While it's true that Thursday is the day when Apple updated the featured list, I believe the apps aren't necessarily need to be launched on that day. And like what have been stated above, you can go weeks after launch date and still get featured later on.

Something interesting happened to my game though. On last thursday, it was only being featured in US and Canada. Earlier today (Tuesday), as I checked AppAnnie's report, I got to know that it suddenly got featured on the majority of countries in North and South America. Not sure what triggered it, aside from the fact that I just released a quick update on the day before.

Last edited by mystic.purple; 12-09-2014 at 12:27 PM.