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One concern about IAP to enable full games

02-28-2011, 06:02 PM
#1
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One concern about IAP to enable full games

Hi Peeps!

I have this concern.....I keep all my IPAs backed up, in case I screw up something and have to reload, or in case Apple or the developers pull a game.

With this pricing model, on say Sacred Odyssey.....if I delete the app, and reinstall it later, I am depending on Gameloft/Apple in this example to still make available my record of purchase to enable the full game. (Unless I backed up the app data somehow independantly of Apple, which would require JB.)

If Gameloft gets mad at Apple somehow and pulls all their games, I can still install my IPA of N.O.V.A. 2 and play the game.

I am guessing that in this scenario that the IAP activated games like Sacred Odyssey would be out of luck, yes? I do not think Apple would "Restore Purchase" if the purchaseable item is no longer on the Apple store.

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Rixx

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Last edited by Rixx; 02-28-2011 at 06:20 PM.
02-28-2011, 06:09 PM
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There's hundreds of thoughts in there on this tiresome topic.

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Last edited by backtothis; 02-28-2011 at 06:35 PM.

02-28-2011, 06:10 PM
#3
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If you bought the IAP, you can redownload for free
02-28-2011, 06:15 PM
#4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Epox View Post
If you bought the IAP, you can redownload for free
Forever? no matter what? I do not think Apple will "Restore Purchase" if the purchaseable item is no longer on the Apple store.

()() Favorites: Sword of Fargoal, Rogue Touch
( '.') Slay, Titan VG Edition, Hero Academy [ID:Rixx]
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02-28-2011, 06:24 PM
#5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rixx View Post
Forever? no matter what? I do not think Apple will "Restore Purchase" if the purchaseable item is no longer on the Apple store.
IAP's are hosted on a server thats not Apple's. As long as that server has the record that you bought you can redownload it.
03-01-2011, 03:53 AM
#6
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Belfast N Ireland
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Epox View Post
If you bought the IAP, you can redownload for free
Not necessarily sometimes games do vanish from the store over silly issues like licensing the last mainstream ones I guess are Fifa10 and Championship Manager 2010.

If they had of used the same model anyone who bought them would never be able to put them back on the device. If anything things like this are getting more common lately.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Epox View Post
IAP's are hosted on a server thats not Apple's. As long as that server has the record that you bought you can redownload it.
If anything that means the server is more likely to vanish one day.

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out
03-01-2011, 06:27 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lucyishee View Post
That helps!
Until the server goes down.
03-01-2011, 08:08 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Epox View Post
IAP's are hosted on a server thats not Apple's. As long as that server has the record that you bought you can redownload it.
This is even worse! It's much more likely for a small developer to go out of business than Apple.

As far as I know not all games use their own servers, they can use Apple's as well. However since you can't redownload games you've bought that are no longer in the store (Sword & Poker a few weeks ago for example) I very much doubt you'd be able to reactivate IAPs for games that are gone.

It's a problem sure, luckily most games are so cheap and disposable that I don't think it matters all that much.