Apple is an amazing company which has made some incredible devices. I myself have absolutely no interested in owning a Mac and never have. However you’ll have to prise my iPhone out of my cold dead hands before I’ll consider swapping to another phone.
However that said Apple is also just another evil corporation who are only in it for the money and will do anything in their power to increase their profit even if that means screwing over yet another indie developer.
We’ve seen this story before with our local superstar developers, QCF design, who had their game cloned and sold via the App Store with Apple taking their sweet time before doing anything about it and now yet another small indie, Ironhide Game Studio, is being subjected to the same problem and yet Apple doesn’t seem to care.
The story is as simple as this, they have a PC game called Kingdom Rush that is very popular. so they have started creating an iOS version of the game but someone beat them to it and released a game called Kingdom Rush TD which is currently available on the appstore for $2.99
It’s a blatant copy and you would suspect that Apple would quickly remove it once this was pointed out, unfortunately that’s not been the case with the cloned title still sitting pretty in the AppStore 18 days after Apple was notified of the clone.
The Indie company followed the correct procedure by logging the issue with Apple and then when nothing happened they instituted a DMCA.com takedown service, contacted the developers continued to pester Apple with copyright infringement notices and still nothing appears to be happening.
So now they are going along the public humiliation route. Apple what you are doing is morally reprehensible. This is not a complicated case, just take down the clone. Return all the money it made to the IP owner and ban Yayi from publishing another title for 12 months.
Last Updated: November 11, 2011