On November 18th, Big Fish Games subscription games service was made available through an app that was made officially available through the Apple app store. At the cost of $6.99 per month, the app made available dozens of Big Fish Games’ games available to the subscriber in on an demand streaming fashion. Unfortunately for the corporation, Apple decided to remove the app from the store within the past two days.
“We were notified that the app was removed… We’re trying to follow up with Apple to try to figure out what happened,” Paul Thelen, the founder of Big Fish Games said.
According to Bloomberg, Thelen “was surprised by the move because Big Fish had worked with Apple for several weeks to ensure that it met the requirements for recurring monthly charges made through the App Store, a method most commonly used by magazines and newspaper publishers.”
Thelen continued, “It took longer than usual to be approved. They needed to be convinced there’s a reason to charge customers every month.”
Big Fish Games even “designed the iPad app so it can be easily modified to work on smartphones or tablets running Android, as well as Internet-connected televisions” said Bloomberg quoting Thelen.
While this was the first subscription based game app, it definitely isn’t the first subscription app. With Netflix along with dozens of paid for periodicals, people are willing to pay for subscriptions to good content. And it’s not as if Apple wasn’t going to see the same 30% cut of app revenue. Regarding the pull, we’re all puzzled. Hopefully for Big Fish Games the removal will only be temporary.
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