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Can you guys believe these developers

05-24-2015, 03:39 AM
#1
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Can you guys believe these developers

OK so i was looking at a few games on the app store and noticed an app company.
(so it claims) with titles like "Subway runner"(which is identical to Subway surfer) fruit smasher (which is a copy of fruit ninja) and Drunk the Chicken (which is a copy of drop the chicken) there are several more like this.
They didn't even change the look, or divert far from the characters or names of the apps!

Firstly! Why is apple letting these through? I mean surely you make a movie or a song similar you get sued. All the hard work that goes into these apps and the time not to mention money some people put into coming up with something amazing, only to have some complete and utter fool pretty much copy inch by inch someones hard earned work!!

I emailed the developers of some of the ones that are ripped off and one was a small company with just a few people tirelessly working hard on the app for around 1 year.

You could tell a lot of blood sweat and tears when into the game and the disappointment was there, but the developers were somewhat flattered that it was good enough that someone would spare their time to copy it. The free version was pretty funny considering one of the in apps was to support the developer.. REALLY!!

There are so many clones and I get that but isn't half the fun coming up with the initial concept? I know its also about the $$$$$ at the end of the day I just don't know how some people can sleep at night...

Im not a developer but can someone please explain to me how Apple lets these go through onto the store?
And why developers are not suing these guys?

Last edited by jellybeans12345; 05-24-2015 at 03:48 AM.
05-24-2015, 08:13 AM
#2
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The companies making the game are not breaking an of Apple's rules nor any civil laws.

05-24-2015, 09:10 AM
#3
It's like the wild nature where there're predators, scavengers, and parasites.

Just relax and concentrate on your hunt. Don't waste energy on chasing hyenas or even flies.
05-24-2015, 07:56 PM
#4
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Yeah and that's the problem right there!
there needs to be a law in place for this kind of thing... They stopped the flappy birds clones if it applies for one then it should apply for all... fairs fair!
05-25-2015, 04:35 AM
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Originally Posted by 1stSPIN View Post
The companies making the game are not breaking an of Apple's rules nor any civil laws.
They aren't, however it would be nice to see Apple/google give advantages to developers who choose not to do this. Encourage some quality over quantity.

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05-25-2015, 04:41 AM
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They aren't, however it would be nice to see Apple/google give advantages to developers who choose not to do this. Encourage some quality over quantity.
Don't they generally do this seeing as clones rarely get featured?
05-25-2015, 04:48 AM
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Originally Posted by PikPok View Post
Don't they generally do this seeing as clones rarely get featured?
Guess you are right

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05-26-2015, 02:33 PM
#8
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I can understand the direct clones needing to be judged a little stricter than a non clone. I do think it's difficult to come up with an original idea so there is a grey area for some games and Apple probably just think it's easier to stay out of grey areas altogether, unless it starts to become a big drain on their resources. Like flappy bird.

I like the idea of helping game developers who do decide to try and make something that isn't a direct clone, it's a good way of making the developers who do clone think twice about what would benefit them most... maybe.
05-27-2015, 12:34 AM
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None of the like and dislikes here is going to change anything. The best is to understand that these are the rules you have to play by.
05-27-2015, 01:05 AM
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The companies making the game are not breaking an of Apple's rules nor any civil laws.
It does, copyright is a law and using someone else copyrighted material is both against the law and Apple's review policy. You can report these users to the stores and account of the users with repeated violation (multiple cases) can be removed from the Apple Developer Program.

Obviously, Steve Jobs was a strong advocate for creativity and hated any rip off since Apple has experienced many times from their competitors while he was at the throne. I has been an App Developer since the store was first introduced and there are instances where apps were simply not approved because their function are too similar to something. It even earned the moniker of "Walled Garden". And it was great because of that. I think it has became more lax since his departure and can easily be compared to Google Play at this point.

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