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Threes! yanked from Google Play for using 2048 as search term

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It must be terribly frustrating for a developer to release a critically acclaimed, well-loved game only to have it cloned and given away for free – and ends up being better known. It must be double frustrating for that developer when, in trying to lure users back to their original game using the clone as a search term on stores, their game gets yanked from digital stores. That’s precisely what’s happened to number puzzle game Threes!

Because Threes! Developer Asher Vollmer had the audacity to use the name of clone in his own game in his game’s search terms (to benefit from the SEO of it), he’s been penalised, and his game’s been yanked from Google Play. It’s tragic irony at its finest.

In an email to Gameinformer, Vollmer express his anger at the situation.

The decision to pull our app was clearly made by a robot and not by a human. I want Google Play to AT LEAST issue warnings before they take these kinds of actions. Hundreds of people will be directed to our clones for the next few days instead of THE ACTUAL GAME. This was a completely tone deaf move.

Threes! clever design has made it one of our favourite mobile games for ages, and this automated “decision” by Google’s robots is both sad and alarming.

Last Updated: May 6, 2015


  1. Jonah Cash

    May 6, 2015 at 10:20

    Just upgraded to a 10mb line from a 4mb line. My area has gone from a 4mb max to a 40mb max…. so happy right now.


  2. Hammersteyn

    May 6, 2015 at 10:20

    8 – (20/4) = 3
    So what’s the problem?


    • loftie

      May 6, 2015 at 10:30

      half life 3 confirmed


  3. Wayne Bossenger

    May 6, 2015 at 11:06

    Look, it’s tragic and ironic given the relationship between the two apps, but it’s not like it’s completely unjustified… even though they are the original their popularity has waned and now they’re trying to steer numbers back to their app with search terms.


  4. konfab

    May 6, 2015 at 11:32

    I bet 2048 has threes as a search term…


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