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Martin

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I know it sounds lazy but whenever I see an updated agreement from iTunes / google play etc. I almost never read through it and I just scroll to the bottom and click 'agree'. Probably most other people do this too.

I just got a notice in our google play console of an updated agreement. Does anyone know the major changes in the new agreement?

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https://play.google.com/intl/ALL/about/developer-distribution-agreement/summary.html
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The following came to me as new thing specially the composite score thing:

"Product ratings may be used to determine the placement of Products on the Store, subject to Google's ability to change placement at Google's sole discretion. The Store may also assign you a composite score for any Product that has not received user ratings. A Developer Composite Score will be a representation of the quality of your Product based on your history and will be determined at Google's sole discretion. For new Developers without Product history, Google may use or publish performance measurements such as uninstall and/or refund rates to identify or remove Products that are not meeting acceptable standards, as determined by Google."

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I am not sure if it is because of that but when I type The Last Runner on google play my app was on third place, now it is on 109th [frown]
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@Kidgames - thanks for posting the link.

@javaexp @mbm123 - I noticed that part too. It looks like google can remove apps / games at any point if the ratings / uninstalls are bad. this is what I mentioned in the other post about being in a risky position and depending on another business for revenue. google can move things around as they see fit and it can cause big trouble for developers. Just like you've seen mbm123 with your rank down to 109.
I love apple and google because without them I might not have entered the mobile game market and made revenue, but they have so much control over our revenue which is a big problem.
For us we need to diversify and begin to get users directly on to our site and install games from there if possible.

Does anyone know the best way to do this. For example if we have a new game and I give them a link to our website to download it. How would updates be handled?

Perhaps as well HTML5 will be a game changer because users will no longer need to download a game file or go to an app store, they can just go directly to a website. But google and apple may just start to feature HTML5 games too.
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Hey again guys. I got the summary update from google on email too. I've pasted below.

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Hello Google Play Developer,

We are constantly striving to make Google Play a safe and positive experience for developers and consumers. This requires us to occasionally update our Developer Distribution Agreement (“DDA”) in accordance with the law and current best-practices. This email is to notify you that we’ve made some changes to our policies, which are highlighted below.

  • We’ve updated requirements regarding the level of support that developers must provide to their users, including a minimum defined service level and requirements for accurate contact information (section 3.6).
  • We’ve expanded the marketing opportunities developers have available when Google promotes their apps (developers may manage this setting via controls in the developer console). See sections 5.1 and 6.2.
  • We’ve introduced language to support the distribution of apps and games from the Google entity most appropriate to the user’s location, and to comply with changes to international tax regulations (section 3). No immediate action is necessary regarding this update, and we will prominently notify you when action is required. For details, please see this Help Centre article.
  • We’ve updated DDA 4.5 to provide additional clarity around the distribution of third-party apps on Google Play to maintain a secure ecosystem.
  • We’ve introduced language supporting the removal of installed apps from devices where the apps could pose serious harm or an identified security risk to devices or data. (Section 7.2)
  • The agreement amendment procedure has been updated to be less disruptive to developers and consistent with industry standards, allowing us to bring new product features to users and developers more quickly. (Section 14).

Please take a look at the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement to review all the changes in more detail, and then sign into your developer console with your primary developer account to accept the agreement.

We ask you to accept this agreement within 30 days of the receipt of this notification. After this time, we may restrict the publishing ability of accounts until the agreement has been accepted. After 90 days, apps published on accounts not accepting the DDA will be removed from the store until the DDA has been accepted.

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Oh nothing much just a few little minor things like 

- You have to add your address to be public on the Google Play page

- They can remove your game without any reason given

- You have 30-90 days to accept or they pull all your games down

Cool stuff Google [smile] stay classy

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@Crichton - I heard about the address part as well. But google hasn't asked me for this. Perhaps its just in specific countries. Have you had to enter your actual address?

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@Crichton - I heard about the address part as well. But google hasn't asked me for this. Perhaps its just in specific countries. Have you had to enter your actual address?

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Look under Announcements, they slipped that in casually. The info you have to enter is in your Google Wallet. I expect we can all look forward to some real world spam, the same amount we get in our mail thats listed under support.

p.s. my info is in the UK, London so I think we may have the same country

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@Crichton - thanks for letting me know. I updated the details on September 30th. So glad that you mentioned where to find it, that was a close one lol.
It's a real pain that we have to enter it. A friend of mine actually closed his account because google asked for that info :s
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I have question :  Can I remove my address info if I don't use IAP or paid apps?
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@mbm123 - I think you can yeah because it relates only to games / apps that are paid or have in-app purchases. but I think confirm this with google first, dont take my word for it [smile]

I think it's so strange that google has asked for this, one of my developer friends has cancelled his account due to the requirement :s
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