Apple pulls Big Fish Games’ iPad subscription app from the App Store

For those of you looking forward to paying the monthly fee of $6.99 for access to dozens of Big Fish games on the iPad, it appears you’ll have to wait a little longer, perhaps even indefinitely. Yesterday we told you about Big Fish’s monthly subscription plan, but a follow up article on Bloomberg has revealed that Apple has subsequently pulled the subscription app from the App Store:

“We were notified that the app was removed,” said Paul Thelen, founder of Big Fish, a game publisher in Seattle. The app had been available since Nov. 18, he said. “We’re trying to follow up with Apple to try to figure out what happened.”

Thelen said he was surprised by the move because Big Fish had worked with Apple for several weeks to ensure that it met the requirements for recurring monthly charges made through the App Store, a method most commonly used by magazines and newspaper publishers.

“It was officially approved,” Thelen said. Apple had even seen the app’s press release before it went out earlier today, he said.

It wouldn’t be the first time Apple’s pulled an app after approving it, though it is rather baffling in this case as Big Fish had worked closely with Apple to ensure everything was in order. And since Apple has not commented, we don’t know for certain if the app simply needs to be tweaked and resubmitted, or worse, they’ve had a change of heart and iOS Game Subscriptions will no longer be part of the App Store equation.

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