Apple Warns Developers Not to Manipulate Their App Store Rankings
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.