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Apple starts banning apps that reward video views and social sharing

Jun 10 2014, 11:53am CDT | by , in News | Apple

Apple starts banning apps that reward video views and social sharing
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Many developers have been rejected after revised policies for iOS 8 App store

You might be this close to getting all your favorite apps and games banned as a new policy is in check for the iOS 8 App Store which states that all those games and apps which give require you to share on social media and give rewards in return shall be removed from the App Store.

Not just the games and apps which provide users with incentives are going against Apple’s new terms but also those that provide in-game credit for watching videos and the apps which in turn promote other apps. With these new rules in place, many developers have been rejected by Apple. One individual complained that previously his app had been approved and later got rejected after he added a new skin. A rep from Apple defended this move saying that his game violated guidelines around in-game credits for watching videos and promoting apps other than one's own.

Such strategies are common for big companies to pursue but they are going to largely impact the developers. Platforms like Tapjoy, which lets you download an app instead of making an in-game payment, will clearly be affected as well. We are aware that this is going to filter the App store and get rid of all games and apps which are merely there for making money but at the same time plenty of legit titles could be squashed as well.

source: techcrunch

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