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app disappears from AppStore??

04-29-2010, 07:22 PM
#1
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,006
app disappears from AppStore??

I've already sent email to Apple, but I wanted to know if this has ever happened to another developer:

Card Shark Solitaire Deluxe, which was in top 5 Card Games the past few days, has suddenly disappeared from the US App Store - on my iphone, it's no longer appearing anywhere in the card games category, nor is it showing up even in search results for "card shark."

I have received no emails about it, and the app is still listed as "ready for sale" in itunes connect.

What kills me is that this app has been subsidizing all my other game development. I'm not looking for sympathy, but damn it's difficult to get momentum. Even if they correct whatever the problem is/was, there's no way it'll reappear in the same chart position it once had.
04-29-2010, 07:28 PM
#2
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 249
Just in case double check available date in iTunes connect?

Start your engines gentlemen, Vector Rally is out!

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04-29-2010, 07:32 PM
#3
Wow, that sucks. Maybe you'll be getting some crazy copyright infringement e-mail with an explanation... here's hoping it's just a weird glitch. Good luck!
04-29-2010, 07:55 PM
#4
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
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Quote:
Originally Posted by eJayStudios View Post
Just in case double check available date in iTunes connect?
Yeah, that was one of the first thing I checked. I wish it was something that simple. I called a sibling in another state, and he confirmed that this is happening there, too. Oddly, at the moment, the app still appears to be available in itunes, and even the iPad AppStore. It's only the iPhone/iPod AppStore where it disappeared into thin air.
04-29-2010, 08:04 PM
#5
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 249
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stroffolino View Post
Yeah, that was one of the first thing I checked. I wish it was something that simple. I called a sibling in another state, and he confirmed that this is happening there, too. Oddly, at the moment, the app still appears to be available in itunes, and even the iPad AppStore. It's only the iPhone/iPod AppStore where it disappeared into thin air.
that sucks

Is there anything in your game that could be for copyright infringement?

Start your engines gentlemen, Vector Rally is out!

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04-29-2010, 08:04 PM
#6
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 5,766
For me, it is showing up in iPhone Apps and iPad apps... but only the lite version is showing up on the bottom of the first page in the card categories.

I sure hope that they get this fixed for you.

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04-29-2010, 08:11 PM
#7
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,006
Quote:
Originally Posted by eJayStudios View Post
that sucks

Is there anything in your game that could be for copyright infringement?
I once had a guy email me (and the author of Solitaire City, too, as it happens) that had threatened legal action for using the words "Solitaire" and "Deluxe" in my app title which he happened to have a trademark on. We both renamed out apps, and never heard from the guy again.

But no, every piece of art in the game is either licensed (using Card Shark revenue to pay for it) or public domain. If it was something like this, based on other folk's experiences, I'd have expected to have gotten an email first, and/or to have had the app removed from all stores (including iTunes and iPad AppStore, not just iPhone AppStore).

I'm quite sure that the bulk of my sales come from iPhone AppStore, so depending on how this sorts out, this could be an interesting confirmation of that theory.
04-30-2010, 01:20 AM
#8
Did you forget to renew your license?
04-30-2010, 02:06 AM
#9
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Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,006
Quote:
Originally Posted by ThunderGameWorks View Post
Did you forget to renew your license?
Nope. I have lots of apps in the AppStore and it's only Card Shark Deluxe that is freaking out. It started showing up again around 11pm, only to disappear again later. It is back again, but for how long?

I have no idea why only Card Shark would be affected by this. The last update trickled out a week ago, and I have not yet made any changes since then. I'd love to hear an explanation from Apple when they finally get around to answering my email, but I'm not holding my breath.
04-30-2010, 07:09 AM
#10
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 942
I can confirm that the same happens to our GraalOnline Classic for many of our US players.

Update: seems to only affect universal apps for iPad+iPhone
Update: apple says the bug has been fixed, can anyone confirm?
Update: Sorry doesn't seem to be same problem as yours, but may be related

Last edited by bomber; 04-30-2010 at 07:58 AM.