Apple pulls Big Fish Games streaming app from App Store

On Tuesday, casual game publisher Big Fish Games became the first game company to offer a monthly subscription service to its games for iOS devices. The plan was to give users of Apple's iPhone and iPad devices a way to play a variety of games for $4.99 a month. The app streamed the games to the device rather than a download.

Now Bloomberg reports that Apple has now removed the Big Fish Games streaming subscription app from the App Store. The move was made without any prior notice or explanation. Paul Thelen, the founder of Big Fish Games, said he was surprised by Apple's decision, claiming that the company worked with Apple for the past several weeks in order to get the subscription app ready to be released.

Thelen said that Apple had previously approved of the app and even approved of Big Fish's press release announcing the details of the game subscription service. He added, "“We’re trying to follow up with Apple to try to figure out what happened." Apple, as they usually do, declined to comment publicly on the decision to remove the app from Big Fish.

It's possible that Apple didn't quite understand the nature of Big Fish's streaming app and decided to be better safe than sorry. Apple has allowed other streaming apps to be released for its iOS products, including Netflix, Hulu Plus and more.

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Glassed Silver said,

Even a legit server can be executing malware -> hacking the server actually equals to hacking all the iDevices.
Now imagine the service had gotten popular...

Personal info leak in 3...2...1...

GS:mac


And right here we have the reason why we want apps (or executable code) stored and running on our smartphones rather than webapps stored on some server.

Glassed Silver said,

Even a legit server can be executing malware -> hacking the server actually equals to hacking all the iDevices.
Now imagine the service had gotten popular...

Personal info leak in 3...2...1...

GS:mac

The issue is NOT that Big Fish Games might be hacked, the problem Apple has with this sort of content delivery is that they lose complete control over what Big Fish Game is releasing, even if it is 100% legit. They will no longer be able to review, rate or refuse apps with this system.

This is a complete no-go for apple.

vacs said,

The issue is NOT that Big Fish Games might be hacked, the problem Apple has with this sort of content delivery is that they lose complete control over what Big Fish Game is releasing, even if it is 100% legit. They will no longer be able to review, rate or refuse apps with this system.

This is a complete no-go for apple.

Yes, just saying it also adds to the security bill.
It was obvious that AlternSti knew that, but I added the securit concern to keep in mind.

GS:ios

Glassed Silver said,

It's surprisingly easy:
Ignore me!

Have a good day!

GS:ios

Thanks. Forgot about that feature.
Shame though, because your posts are good, but signing them drives me insane.

Ayepecks said,

+2

+3

It is so god damn annoying. However, I do find it quite amusing that it annoys me so much... it must be great to be able to annoy so many people so easily. So much so that it becomes a talking point in itself, genious, really.

kayzee said,

+3

It is so god damn annoying. However, I do find it quite amusing that it annoys me so much... it must be great to be able to annoy so many people so easily. So much so that it becomes a talking point in itself, genious, really.

I'm Troll Jobs, problem?

GS:mac

DJ Dark said,
Here come the android fanboys saying how apple/iOS sucks for this in 3....2....1....

no need to say that, everyone knows already that Apple are the worst control freaks possible

vacs said,

no need to say that, everyone knows already that Apple are the worst control freaks possible

And in this case thats actually a really good thing. I'd rather have a secure platform than an insecure platform.

DJ Dark said,
And in this case thats actually a really good thing. I'd rather have a secure platform than an insecure platform.

Biggest load of BS 8|

DJ Dark said,
And in this case thats actually a really good thing. I'd rather have a secure platform than an insecure platform.

Except that in this case, they KNEW how the app worked already, they worked with the developer AND authorised the app. Then, a day AFTER releasing it to the store, they changed their minds.

Why?

DJ Dark said,
And in this case thats actually a really good thing. I'd rather have a secure platform than an insecure platform.

Nonsense.
Security is giving through permission not allowing/disallowing some business model / programming styles (JIT vs AOT).


FloatingFatMan said,

Except that in this case, they KNEW how the app worked already, they worked with the developer AND authorised the app. Then, a day AFTER releasing it to the store, they changed their minds.

Why?

So it's not okay for some unforeseen bug/issue to crop up, that posses a huge security threat after release, that results in a pull? wow are you that dense?

DJ Dark said,
So it's not okay for some unforeseen bug/issue to crop up, that posses a huge security threat after release, that results in a pull? wow are you that dense?

Leave out the personnal comments, please.

As for your post, well... It's possible that happened, but pretty unlikely.

FloatingFatMan said,

Leave out the personnal comments, please.

As for your post, well... It's possible that happened, but pretty unlikely.

Actually it's very likely since its streaming code.

This is ridiculous. I fully understand the reasoning for removing the app, but why did Apple work with the company whilst they created it, approve of their press release and then even approve the app, only to remove it without explanation?

Pretty sure these guys would have a case for damages against Apple. Apple WORKED WITH THEM to make the app suitable, then they just removed it once it was finished. Imagine how much money was wasted on that.

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