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Hello everybody! There is a new Google rule coming 2016, where you will have to update the store listing for all your apps that have ads in them
http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/19/google-play-ad-supported-app-label/
I did some minor searching - the option is already there in "Pricing & Distribution" - at least this is much less vague than the privacy policy thing. However, I do not quite like users knowing in advance that apps have ads - this might drive away downloads.

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I've received an email about this. Great, we have to hit "submit update" after making these change, and if you have "critical apps" you will get 1 2 or 3 strikes and your account flies away. Thanks Google once again.
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On the bright side, this might "thin the herd" of apps who's developers will fail to do this simple step.
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Honestly I find this very bad. Specially if google allows people to search apps that do not have ads.
Our whole business revenue model is at stake here, or am I being too dramatic?
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I seen this too. Im also a little concerned that it will drive downloads away. But i think most of the free games out there will include some ads, so the only alternative for users will be to pay to download a game / app, and most users will not do this.
This is one of the reasons we have to create a business model where we don't need the app store so much, because they changes the requirements so often.

I don't think you have to declare that ads are in the game unless you do an update? Is that true?

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Seems I actually received such an email - for me it says that I must declare which apps have ads by January 11th , 2016


 

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Hello Google Play Developer,

At Google I/O, we launched “ad-supported” labels for apps in the Designed for Families program. Today, we’re announcing the expansion of this program to all apps on Google Play. Early next year, users will start to see the “Ads” label on apps that contain advertising, both inside and outside Designed for Families.

By January 11, 2016, you must sign in to the Play Developer Console and declare whether your apps contain ads (such as ads delivered through third party ad networks, display ads, native ads, and/or banner ads). After this date, the ads declaration will be required to make any updates to your apps. Please note that misrepresenting ad presence violates Google Play Developer Program Policies and may lead to suspension. You can visit our help center to learn more.

While developers are responsible for accurately declaring ad presence in their apps, Google may verify this at any time and display the “Ads” label if appropriate.

If you feel your app has been incorrectly flagged for containing ads, please contact our policy support team.

Regards,
The Google Play Team

 





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Hey Martin, hope you doing well, this Ad Label mail, from the policy page I do believe this require to all apps with ad within, no matter if you do an update or not, here is what they say:

"After this date, the ads declaration will be required to make any updates to your apps"

The only thing concerns me now is how Google going to present this ad-label, it would be fine if they just put it as tiny as possible, not to easily get noticed...
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Well this is way better than that pop up message to accept cookies.
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Yay, updated my apps and got a random strike for "keyword spam" while the app was online for weeks before without any problems, it only got a simple 300 word description with a low keyword count [redface]

Feels so random google...
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Today I've received this message from Google, I bet you guys also receive this

Hello Google Play Developer,

We're writing to remind you to complete the ads declaration for one or more of your apps. After January 11, 2016, the “Ads” label will be expanded to all apps on Google Play, and the ads declaration will be required to make any updates to your apps.

You can follow these steps to complete the ads declaration:

  1. Sign in to your Developer Console.
  2. Select an app.
  3. On the left side, select the Pricing & Distribution page.
  4. Scroll down to the Ad Supported header, and fill out the ads declaration.
You can visit our help center to learn more about the "Ads" label.

While developers are responsible for accurately declaring ad presence in their apps, Google may verify this at any time and display the "Ads" label if appropriate.

If you feel your app has been incorrectly flagged for containing ads, please contact our policy support team.

Regards,

The Google Play Team

 
I wonder if I don't declare ads for the existing apps, am I putting myself to risk?
I will declare only if I will make updates and when I create a new app..
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Originally Posted by authwobe
Today I've received this message from Google, I bet you guys also receive this

Hello Google Play Developer,

We're writing to remind you to complete the ads declaration for one or more of your apps. After January 11, 2016, the “Ads” label will be expanded to all apps on Google Play, and the ads declaration will be required to make any updates to your apps.

You can follow these steps to complete the ads declaration:

  1. Sign in to your Developer Console.
  2. Select an app.
  3. On the left side, select the Pricing & Distribution page.
  4. Scroll down to the Ad Supported header, and fill out the ads declaration.
You can visit our help center to learn more about the "Ads" label.

While developers are responsible for accurately declaring ad presence in their apps, Google may verify this at any time and display the "Ads" label if appropriate.

If you feel your app has been incorrectly flagged for containing ads, please contact our policy support team.

Regards,

The Google Play Team

 
I wonder if I don't declare ads for the existing apps, am I putting myself to risk?
I will declare only if I will make updates and when I create a new app..


Yup, did you declare that you have ads?
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Im going through all our games now and doing the 'declare ads' thing. There's about 70 games so its taking some time because I also have to do a content rating for a bunch of them :s

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Wow, that took hours to finish. I finally went through all the games and updated them to say they include ads. But I had to do a bunch of content ratings, and also some promo images for the very old games. At least its out of the way until google gives us some other things to do. Phew!!

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Nope, I didn't declare it. If I were so, I would get at least 4 or 5 rejection for IP infringement which will guarantee me a ban. This way, I still get a change hopefully.
Also from what I've understood is that the ads mark for the apps for exiting apps will be automatically set, I think they're referring more to the new apps and for the updates that will come for the exiting ones.

I'll keep you updated.
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14 january - Still haven't been banned from Google Play for not updating my apps with the ads declaration b*lls**t. So nothing to scare I supose, I've also checked on the apps of other developers which have big games with ads and they haven't update their apps from july, and nothing happened. So, I think we're safe.
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hahaha I got 1 IP infringement warning(at least they didn't suspend my game) when I updated my games with this new ads declaration... I had to change some pictures. 
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I got this e-mail from Google as well.

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Still haven't been banned from Google Play for not updating my apps with the ads declaration b*lls**t.

I don't believe they are banning you for not declaring you have ads in your game. They're just disabling your game from appearing on the store.

I don't believe this will effect anyone's downloads unless they are focused on an app (Non game) with heavy competition where a competitor has it without ads or it is an educational game for the educational part of the store.

I think anyone downloading a game in this day an age for free would be shocked if there wasn't any ads in it.


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