Fake 'Minecraft Pocket Edition 2' reaches Top 10 paid games on App Store before removed

This doesn't happen every day. Yesterday, a fake game titled 'Minecraft Pocket Edition 2' was removed from the Apple App Store. This actually happens a lot more than you think, especially with app stores without any approval process (like the Google Play Store). Why is this so different, you may ask? It reached the top 10 best-selling games on the App Store before it was removed.

The game costed $10.99 while it was live, and obviously used fake reviewers and thousands of fake downloads to push itself up the charts until it started fooling real people. From there it skyrocketed, despite being populated with one-star reviews.

Mojang seemed to notice the app before Apple did. "It's great that Minecraft has inspired people to create amazing things, but when a product attempts to dupe our community or exploit their enthusiasm for the game, it's our responsibility to step in," Mojang's Owen Hill was quoted as saying.

The game's developer was listed as 'Scott Cawthon', who in actuality is the developer of the popular Five Nights At Freddy's games. Once inside the game, the creator is listed as 'Viktor Todorov', who may be the owner of this YouTube channel.

It's unknown at this time if Apple will return the $10.99 to anyone who bought the game while it was live. Either way, Apple really messed up allowing this into the App Store.

Source: Eurogamer

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carpet111
January 9, 2016 at 8:58 AM delete

I got tricked by a few apps when I 10 because I knew very little about technology and how people made these fake apps. there are lots of fake apps out there that apple just doesn't notice.

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The_Pro
January 11, 2016 at 3:11 AM delete

There are TONS of minecraft rip offs on the store with one star and fake reveiews

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Fred F
January 11, 2016 at 3:18 AM delete

@disqus_DbZvCDDRQi:disqus & @carpet111:disqus: I don't mean to come off sounding rude. I feel that I should point out that while there are tons of fake apps out there, and tons of Minecraft rip-offs, this one was trying to pass itself off as a real version of Minecraft, and a sequel at that. It's not just fake and a rip-off, it's a good bit more than that.

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RedstoneMiner
January 11, 2016 at 5:58 AM delete

Actually, if you look closely at the picture, the developer's name is "Scott CawthoRn." (with a R)

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Fred F
January 12, 2016 at 7:11 PM delete

It was probably missed by many from the excitement that a MC 2 could possibly exist. Obviously by people who don't come here. :)

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