Canadian Developer Victim of Theft
On Thursday, January 13th, the developers of a Canadian mobile and Flash game studio, Halfbot, discovered that their soon to be released iOS game “The Blocks Cometh” had Â been released on the App Store, but not by them.
The Blocks Cometh was originally a Flash game that the developers were working on porting to the iOS Store when one of the Halfbot developers discovered it on the App Store. Â The new game was claiming to be created by the developer EdisonGames, who seems to not actually exist anywhere. Â After frantic emails to Apple and blogging about what happened, Jim Sterling of the blog Destrucoid, picked up the story and wrote an article which grew in popularity very quickly on Reddit.
Halfbot is still waiting on official word from Apple, but as of the time of writing this article, the stolen version of The Blocks Cometh seems to have been removed from the App Store. Â Unfortunately for Halfbot, damage has already been done as the copycat version did well on the iOS store by making it into the top 100 apps and being featured by Apple in the New and Noteworthy section, and those are sales that Halfbot may never see due to Apple dragging it heels.
I urge the readers of iPhone in Canada to help support Halfbot through this tough time by getting the word out about this terrible crime and to check out The Blocks Cometh once it is actually released for sale. Â I know I will be buying this game as soon as it comes out, I’ve been playing the Flash version here for hours.