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Warning to other iOS developers..

03-24-2012, 01:26 PM
#1
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 179
Warning to other iOS developers..

Hello,

Just wanted to post this here, so developers won't miss it.

Quote:
Today started out great! My game had a mini-review in a national newspaper (The Sun) and was racing back up the charts. Then, suddenly, things started to go down hill, in a big way.

As of now, Retro Racing is no longer available on the AppStore…

Retro Racing had around 44,000 downloads in one month. I never knew that kind of success before, and can’t begin to tell you how pleased I was. Making good money, doing something I totally love.

Q: So what went wrong?
Full story here: http://www.mrqwak.com/2012/03/ooops/

Yeah, ouch!

Really wanted to warn the community, if you're planning on switching from individual to company iOS developer account, or changing banking info; maybe not a good idea to do it while you have an active app, selling well, on the AppStore.
03-24-2012, 01:40 PM
#2
Ouch

That must be such a frustration after the initial high of seeing your game get decent downloads and press.

Hope it gets back up there on the re-release.

Well at least you can't say being an indie dev is boring...

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03-24-2012, 01:51 PM
#3
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 5,155
Well you made a quality game and I am sure it will take off again once released again.
03-24-2012, 01:59 PM
#4
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 179
Thanks guys. Yeah, it's been over 28 hours now, no improvement in the situation, and impossible to get hold of anyone at Apple over the weekend.
03-24-2012, 07:44 PM
#5
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 578
Well that's unfortunate... we went through this same process quite some time ago, but didn't have any problems at all. Our apps were live the whole time without any interruption, so this should definitely NOT happen.
03-24-2012, 09:02 PM
#6
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Posts: 281
Hey man, I really feel for you.
I too am a lone developer and I know how overstretched you must feel.
And this is a real bummer.
However, for a small silver lining, if it wasn't for this thread, I might not have seen your cool racing game, and moreover, I wouldn't have looked at your page and saw that you made Qwak. I remember that from my good ol' Amiga days.
I'm sure it will work out for you in the end.

Game source code for PC, Mac, Linux and iOS here.
03-25-2012, 02:59 AM
#7
Just wanted to offer my condolences as well... I'm sure that a great game like Retro Racing will not simply be swept under the rug! I will definitely pick up a copy as soon as it's back in the app store.
03-25-2012, 03:33 PM
#8
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 179
Quote:
Originally Posted by MikaMobile View Post
Well that's unfortunate... we went through this same process quite some time ago, but didn't have any problems at all. Our apps were live the whole time without any interruption, so this should definitely NOT happen.
Thanks. Yeah, I have no idea what went wrong for me. I hope Apple are more helpful when I call them Monday morning.
03-25-2012, 03:35 PM
#9
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 179
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charybdis View Post
Hey man, I really feel for you.
I too am a lone developer and I know how overstretched you must feel.
And this is a real bummer.
However, for a small silver lining, if it wasn't for this thread, I might not have seen your cool racing game, and moreover, I wouldn't have looked at your page and saw that you made Qwak. I remember that from my good ol' Amiga days.
I'm sure it will work out for you in the end.
Hey thanks! Glad you liked Qwak, though it didn't seem to do well on iOS. Not sure why. Maybe it's too intense for people?

Yes. Hopefully I will bounce back from this.
03-25-2012, 03:36 PM
#10
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 179
Quote:
Originally Posted by RevolvingDoor View Post
Just wanted to offer my condolences as well... I'm sure that a great game like Retro Racing will not simply be swept under the rug! I will definitely pick up a copy as soon as it's back in the app store.
Thank you! I totally apprecieate every little bit of support and encouragement from the community right now. Makes me feel not so isolated.