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All Storm8 games removed from App store.

11-09-2009, 01:16 AM
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All Storm8 games removed from App store.

It appears that all Storm8 games (World War/Imobsters/Ninjas Live/Racing live/Kingdoms Live/Vampires Live/Zombies Live etc) have been removed from the app store. They appear but cannot be downloaded any longer.

They were sued for collecting users telephone numbers recently, perhaps this was the reason they were removed. I did not play these games but always noticed them at the top of the heap in the App store, big loss for Storm8.


Last edited by Blueseas25; 11-09-2009 at 02:31 AM.
11-09-2009, 02:48 AM
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If the company was using the apps to harvest phone numbers from customers, then they should have their apps removed.

At the same time, if they somehow can proove this was not intentional, then they might be able to have those apps restored to the appstore.

After they are fixed though.

I think, just from reading elsewhere around the net, they will not have a chance to get their apps reinstated to the appstore.

Thinking they did something, intentional, and got caught.

Just a feeling, no real proof to go on.


Last edited by Harpgliss; 11-09-2009 at 03:38 AM.

11-09-2009, 02:58 AM
Joined: Jun 2009
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They are AppStore spammers and I'd love to see them go away. Hope they lose this case.
11-09-2009, 03:03 AM
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Wow. It seems there's foul play in the App Store every week now (e.g. a couple weeks ago with two developers revealing the horrid numbers regarding piracy of their apps). I don't really get or understand how those online "points" games work but they look dumb (not dissing - just my opinion). I think Storm8 just got caught. Usually bugs create glitches or dips in performance, not blatantly hoarding cell phone numbers. That's pretty bad...and low. Nice job, dips.
11-09-2009, 04:14 AM
what proof is there of this phone number scam? I've been playing world war for months and had no problems
11-09-2009, 04:21 AM
Joined: Sep 2009
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The functionality has already been removed a while back when the issue first popped up - the update was called a "Small bug fix" in the update information on the App Store.

To take the phone number requires a deliberate effort - it's impossible for it to be an "accident" or a "bug".

For more information, including the first finding of it, multiple correspondences with Apple, and a response by Storm8* check out http://i-phone-home.blogspot.com/sea...l%20of%20Shame .

* - Response by Storm8:
"Thanks again for alerting us of the situation. We did have a bug that has been fixed. The updated app will need to go through the regular review process. You should expect to see it live shortly in the app store.

Once again we thank you for bringing this to our attention and apologize to our users for the oversight.


Storm8 Support Team"
11-09-2009, 04:25 AM
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Lets hope the apps stay off the store.

Storm8s name has been tarnished.
11-09-2009, 04:29 AM
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I had downloaded but never installed their games. THANK GOD they were banned. Clear message sent and received by Apple.

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11-09-2009, 04:36 AM
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Originally Posted by RoyalCanadian View Post
what proof is there of this phone number scam? I've been playing world war for months and had no problems
Just had a read of the article and when you are transmitting wirelessly it appears that the game is supposedly capturing your phone number:

Hmmm... might be time to un-install Ninja Wars

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Last edited by P0tent1al; 11-09-2009 at 04:39 AM.
11-09-2009, 05:10 AM
Joined: Jan 2009
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All these point games, glad to see a chunk of them leave the app store, especially if they had been farming mobile numbers.

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