Counterfeiting and Apple’s App Store

Stephen L Kanaval |

The above is a current chart for the best-sellers on the paid app chart. Number two on this list, Minecreaft: Pocket, is a fraudulent app.

Minecraft is a juggernaut game. It is a phenomenon. The Swedish company Mojang created the adventure and construction game in 2011. Mojang was then bought out by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. Since 2009, the game has been downloaded on PC alone 100 million times, and currently Minecraft is available on nine platforms.

That’s why this current fraudulent app is such a problem. It has been estimated by Apple that 2.8 million gamers downloaded the bogus app only to see a strange game that looked nothing like Minecraft and even crashed many people’s operating systems in the process. The scammer who created the app is hilariously named, Scott Cawthorn—a misspelling of Five Night’s at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon, a legitimate and successful game writer. The infamous scammer Cawthorn has also released a fraudulent version of Mortal Kombat, which got five-star reviews strangely.

It is unclear if 2.8 million gamers will each get their $5 back (many probably children of ages 8-13). Apple has had serious trouble removing these types of games from its store. It is obvious that the App Store is just too enormous and fast-paced to police effectively. Many in the mobile gaming community, especially smaller, boutique companies are concerned about their products on the site. It may be time to give the App Store an overhaul.

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