If you own an Android handset, you already know that iOS gets the good stuff first, and sometimes Android gamers have to wait months, if not years to get that hot new game people are playing on their iPads. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google have been trying to bring in top-notch games through promotion and other means.
The WSJ report claims that Apple and Google are offering developers ‘premium placement’ on the app stores front page along with being featured in the tops lists. The piece goes on to mention Cut The Rope and Plants vs. Zombies 2 as examples of the practice as both of those games were rumored to have 2-3 month exclusivity deals with Apple.
While this may be considered “news” by some, it’s not really news at all if you’re an avid Android gamer. Everyone knew what was going on with Plants vs. Zombies 2 soon after it was released, and most major games are on iOS for a few weeks to a few months before they come over to Android.
A recent example would be Boom Beach which is listed as “coming soon” to Android but already out on iOS. It’s safe to say that SuperCell isn’t an ‘Indie’ studio at this point so launching a game on two platforms simultaneously shouldn’t be an issue. That’s just one example, but there are countless others – take it from a guy that’s covered the platform for 3 years.
Whether cash is tossed around or the exclusivity deals are strictly promotional in nature, we know it happens, and it’s nothing new. It may be thought of as a “competition” by some, but Google has a lot of catching up to do before they can provide the quality of games that the App Store does.
Source: Wall Street Journal