Apple Warns Developers Not to Manipulate Their App Store Rankings

Posted February 7, 2012 at 1:17am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 12521 views

Apple has posted a message to developers warning that manipulating iOS App Store chart rankings or reviews will result in termination of their developer program membership.

Once you build a great app, you want everyone to know about it. However, when you promote your app, you should avoid using services that advertise or guarantee top placement in App Store charts. Even if you are not personally engaged in manipulating App Store chart rankings or user reviews, employing services that do so on your behalf may result in the loss of your Apple Developer Program membership.

The warning comes as Apple cracked down on at least developer today removing 59 of his questionable applications, as PocketGamer reported.

As a consequence of Apple's clampdown on those who ape the names and mechanics of existing titles, Temple Jump developer Anton Sinelnikov has had his library of 68 apps, including Tiny Birds and Numbers With Friends, pruned to a meager nine.

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Quest - February 7, 2012 at 11:35am
That's how you pay them wads like Tim Cook 377,000,000 in a year. They need to take that money and increase the servers. Now their forceing people to pay wads like him even more. Vote Dem
Dancj - February 7, 2012 at 7:46am
This I long overdue. Hopefully this will be the end of that crappybimmitation Android style lock screen app that keeps getting to the top of the chart showing as 5 star rated even though all of the reviews give it one star.
Aakef - February 7, 2012 at 1:27am
U mean temple run?? There are no temple jump
Aakef - February 7, 2012 at 1:34am
I was wrong there was a temple jump until apple remove it from appstore...i cant delete my previous comment ...
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