Google has removed Kongregate Arcade, a Flash-based games portal owned by gaming retail chain Gamestop, from sale at the Android Market, in a move that has left Fandroids gutted and Kongregate’s CEO utterly baffled.
It was only up on the Android Market for a day, but was taken down swiftly with no explanation to users. Conspiracy theories were rife that Google saw the app as a rival to the Android Market and as a result took it down on purpose. However, Jim Greer, head of Kongregate, could not fathom this line of reasoning, as the title does not distribute any apps, but merely provides a means to play games that can already be accessed via a mobile-optimised browser version of the portal.
Greer told Joystiq: "The reason for the removal - and we didn't find out until after it was already gone - was that they claim you can't use their app store to distribute another app store, which is a reasonable restriction."
"But to us, what's really bizarre, to call [Kongregate Arcade] an app store seems like a pretty extreme stretch. We were just shocked.”
He explained that several Google employees had already seen the app running before and made no objections, although he admits they weren’t the ones in charge of what goes on and what stays off the Android Market.
Google is not known for its draconian approval policies unlike Apple, which only adds to the confusion over such a sudden expulsion of the app.
“I'm not ready to say it's a philosophical shift from Google; you could misinterpret our app and think those are all native experiences, but right now I'm just confused”, Greer added.
"Our understanding is that this wasn't even a grey area; that it was totally fine. And that's why we're so surprised."
If Kongregate does not get reapproved in the near future, the company plans to distribute it through GetJar, a web-based apps marketplace that is growing in popularity as an alternative to proprietary app stores.
Source: Joystiq via PocketGamer