Well, we did see it coming and indeed it happened:
After the release of ‘Flappy Knight’, we were warned by some friends that Google was unpublishing games that try to live of Flappy Bird’s success. After about one week in the store, just as downloads started to increase a bit, we received a “7-Day Notification of Google Play Developer Term Violation”, stating that our “title and/or description attempts to impersonate or leverage another popular app without permission” and that we had to “remove all such references.”.
So far so good. Our description, which contained statements like
“- As addictive as the now unpublished ‘Flappy Bird’
– Flap your way through endless lines of walls”,
definitely violated parts of the Play Store’s spam provisions, and since Google Play is not a democracy, we had to do as we were told.
We changed the name of our game to, removed everything that could be connected to Flappy Bird and republished an update that also contained some bug fixes. After an immensely long update time of more than 72 hours, it was done.
So hereby, I proudly announce the release of:
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