Google and Apple started rejecting games that look like Flappy Bird clones. Good move considering how many of those cloned titles appeared soon after Flappy Bird got famous.
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Last few weeks there have been numerous attempts to clone Flappy Bird game and those trying to profit on someone else’s work are finally facing the wall. While Apple started blocking submission based on Flappy Bird style stating they “leverage a popular app”, Google simply labelled them as “spam”. The policy does not affect those clones that were already released on the App Store and Google Play though. Floppy Bird, Flappy Wings, Flappy Fish and others that swarmed the app market will remain there for the moment.
One of the developers started complaining after his app called Flappy Dragon was rejected and wrote that "This is just not my f***ing week," after he was told by Apple that his title attempts to leverage a popular app. He went and replied with “Which app?” adding that “Flappy Bird doesn’t exist!?!?!”
Soon after the developer faced the rejection from Google Play and said how “There was no ‘Fair Warning’ email, which Google claims to send before taking such actions”. Adding that "The message they sent me simply referenced the 'spam' provision of the Google Play terms and did not specifically call out what my transgression was."
Several other developers reported their app submissions being rejected, and while they might see it as unfair, most will agree with the latest mobile games submission policy. Ripping off someone else’s work should not be allowed and that’s exactly what was happening with Flappy Cloning Wars. The question is whether they will remove those clones that were already released on the stores.
Last week I wrote about Flappy Bird clones and how people were offering a nice amount of money to developers who would clone the game, get its source code and so on. There are still hundreds of those projects open, we will see how long they will remain on the sites now that those games will be worthless. The move Apple and Google took to block Flappy Bird clones is not companies’ common practice, though it’s a welcome one.
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