Saturday, January 29, 2022

Unpacking Clone Was the App Store’s Top Download

Luke Plunkett (via Dave Mark):

Unpacking was one of the best games of 2021, not just make my personal GOTY list, but the entire site’s as well. It is currently available on PC, Mac, Switch and Xbox One. It is most definitely not available on Apple’s iOS devices.

And yet! Earlier today, the top free download on the App Store, outranking even YouTube, Tik-Tok and Instagram, was a game called Unpacking Master, which, as you may have guessed from the price-point and platform, is not just inspired by Unpacking, but is a criminally shameless clone of it.

The App Store seems to make it easier for rip-offs and scams to gain traction.


Update (2022-01-31): John Gordon:

Like Amazon’s counterfeit business.


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I would be curious to know 2 things from Apple Services revenues:

- the % of the App Store and the Mac App Store in those revenues.

- how much Apple is making each quarter from these rip-offs and scams.

I don't remember an article or an Apple communication reporting that Apple refunded the users in such cases.

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