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  • Ravensword, Other Unity-based Games Rejected by Apple
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrDW5Dh3pCU]YouTube - Ravensword: The Fallen King - Official Trailer!!! Action RPG iPhone and iPod Touch Game[/ame]

    Developers have passed word to Touch Arcade that Ravensword: The Fallen King - along with a number of other games built on the Unity game engine - have been rejected by Apple from the App Store. API calls used in the games were reportedly used by one company to obtain players phone numbers in violation of the iPhone SDK agreement.

    Storm8, the company behind multiplayer games like iMobsters and Vampires Live, has been sued for using private, unpublished API calls to harvest game users' phone numbers and uploaded them to its servers. The suit alleges:

    Storm8 has written the software for all its games in such a way that it automatically accesses, collects, and transmits the wireless telephone number of each iPhone user who downloads any Storm8 game... Storm8, though, has no reason whatsoever to access the wireless phone numbers of the iPhones on which its games are installed.
    The publisher of Ravensword, Chillingo, noted that the API calls in question - _NSGetEnviron and exc_server - are used to obtain environment variables used by the .NET core APIs the game was built with, and for exception handling. The company has said that the problem APIs "have been removed," and that they had resubmitted the game for App Store approval.

    Apple's aggressive policing of apps it permits to be available on the iTunes App Store has been a source of irritation in the developer community, often because of complaints of poor communication of what is permitted and prohibited. In this instance, there appears to be a perception of guilt by association simply because programmers implemented certain calls that had been unethically used by others. In many cases, according to people on the Unity discussion forums, apps were rejected even though they lacked the network functionality to send any data.

    Hopefully, removal of the offending code will result in the apps eventually getting approved, but the delay - and expense - is further irritating the companies involved, and does nothing for Apple's image among app developers.

    video via Chillingo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Ravensword, Other Unity-based Games Rejected by Apple started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. cellmate75's Avatar
      cellmate75 -
      This game looks awesome!
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      they have a link, but the download link not working.

      Ravensword: The Fallen King Official Website
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      looks like an amazing game
    1. NemiCZ's Avatar
      NemiCZ -
      like and amazing???
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      I'm so looking forward to this game. Gonna be the best game on the iPhone.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      I'm not into all that wizards and warriors crap, but this is a very nicely built game based on the preview.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      The game looks great! Sounds like Apple is trying to piss off developers. Hate their SDK terms.
    1. screamforme02's Avatar
      screamforme02 -
      Apple Apple Apple... When will they let the masters work. its going to bite them in the bottom once android webOS even the windows market place pick up
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      Can sum1 email their devs "lol, cydia" and they'll respond like "doh! ur rite" auto-win ...GG
    1. PCeasar's Avatar
      PCeasar -
      Actually I'll go against the grain here, I typically hate apple but I dont want any developer collecting all of my phone numbers. Shame on them whether they send the numbers or not thats invasive.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      sheistas! spammas! oh well doesnt look like a good game anyways
    1. elr0y7's Avatar
      elr0y7 -
      God damnit! I've been waiting for this game for weeks, I knew something was gonna come up with the AppStore review, damn Apple!
    1. big poops's Avatar
      big poops -
      **EDIT CPJR- Useless**
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      I'm not into all that wizards and warriors crap, but this is a very nicely built game based on the preview.
      yeah same here..
    1. bbillh77's Avatar
      bbillh77 -
      See they cant say it was because of the phone #s they had a few apps that did that that got approved this is another one of those coin toss approval processes.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      One of the worst, useless, crappy, weak post I ever heard. (I'm not talking about your post, one1).
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      that game looks pretty sweet too, thats a shame
    1. Jomann's Avatar
      Jomann -
      "amazing game"

      wow you can't be serious.
      this game is ****