Minecraft: Pocket Edition consistently sits atop the iTunes paid app chart. At the moment, the wildly popular block-building adventure game is in the number-two spot. Until a few minutes past, it was closely trailed by a bogus fake sequel program called Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2.
The deceptive knockoff, which was advertised to the real thing from Mojang as a legit sequel, had secured the number-four spot on the chart. And in that sweet spot it might’ve remained — or even leapfrogged to number one from — had outraged gamers on Reddit not outed it as falsify 13 hours ago.
It was actually a swiping that is mindless zombie game that included beating up Scorpion from Mortal Kombat. Several users had reported that it crashed their phones. Not cool.
A damning report about the deceptive app shortly appeared in Eurogamer. Next came an outpouring of articles about the revelation — in Game Rant and several others, then in Kotaku, all cautioning iOS gamers not to be deceived by the latest Minecraft rip-off.
The Swedish video game developer that created the initial Minecraft, Mojang, was quick to react. Eurogamer was told by the company. Mojang’s director of creative communications, Owen Hill, said the game manufacturing company was busy getting the program yanked from the Apple App Store, mentioning copyright and trademark violations without saying how.
“It’s great that Minecraft has inspired people to produce amazing things,” Hill said, “but when a product tries to dupe our community or exploit their excitement for the game, it is our duty to step in.”
Apple, no stranger to counterfeiting trolls, was also quick to respond. The signs: Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2 is no longer available for download from the Cupertino, Calif. colossus. It’s as if the lame game never existed.
For for millions of Minecraft fans the world over and Mojang, justice was quickly functioned.
We reached out to Mojang, Microsoft and Apple for opinion, but none promptly responded.
We envision the gamer community that is fiercely vigilant will have plenty of enjoyment at his expense on social networking and everywhere else they virtually lurk.
Unfortunately, this really is far from the initial time a dishonest Minecraft wannabe has reared its ugly head in the Apple App Store. They have for ages plagued the service. Cybersecurity experts estimate that some 2.8 million gamers hoping to play the real, Microsoft-owned deal have been duped by blockheads peddling Minecraft lookalikes.
Most knockoffs of the app seem to be add ons to the genuine thing. A number of them offer cheat codes and many unknowingly rope people into recurring subscription fees for various services they never ordered in the very first place.