I think they are keeping an eye on all the app stores and will do whatever is necessary.
Btw: In the meantime, EA allowed me to republish my app under another name - and for free. The app is currently waiting for review and should be back online within the next days.
To don't run into problems, you should not use any trademarks ('Battlelog', 'Battlefield', etc) within your name nor within the search terms. You can use them within the description of your app to describe the purpose of the app. I'm not sure about the price, but it's definitely more harmless to give it away for free then selling it
Please not that this information is valid for my case... I don't know about other cases, but I think as long as you follow these rules, you should be fine.
What interests me is, is there only a system running over the app or is it a real person who checks the app and than releases it to the market?
I presume it is just a system running over it as there might be millions of apps being uploaded on a day and it does not seem to catch the important/forbidden things. For example this app is called "Battlelog". The name "Battlelog" is under copyright/trademark of EA/DICE who own the name legally. A person would have caught that and refused the app on the market. However I could be wrong!
Do you know how their system works?
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Not all testers might know the game Battlefield and the fact that "Battlelog" belongs to EA. That's probably why some not really legal apps get approved.
Apple review process:
I agree with you that there is a person who gives the final go. I assume they run the app on a special device / simulator which detects usage of non-public API etc. But those are just assumptions and only apple knows how they do it.
Hmm, well, we've received the ban hammer for our app on Google Play today for BF3 Statilyzer Base Camp. It took almost 6 months for EA to come trolling but they finally did. We never charged for the app although there was some artwork that we modified from a wallpaper. I suppose that is whats the problem since we dont have Battlefield or Battlelog in our app name.
Check you search terms against usage of any trademarks.
I suggest contacting EA to get an official approve from them. Then you should be fine.
Yea, but will EA even bother to provide this for an app developer?
Things are happening at the Play Store/Android Market now. All major stats app are gone, except my app "Battlefield BF3 Stats". This does not look good, especially since I have been in trouble with Google before. I guess my app (and maybe my developer account) will be gone in the next few days.
I read your DCMA email and couldn't find my app there. I have neither received anything from Google or EA. Seems wired, as most of the popular stats apps were listed in the email.
The official battlelog app is out!