Google Play removed thousands of legit 'Game Dev Tycoon' reviews

From Engadget - February 14, 2018

"We are not engaging in any dubious practices regarding reviews," the developer writes. "We do not incentivize reviews, we do not review the game ourselves and we do not even tell our friends to review it."

Since the game hit Google Play early this month, it's been downloaded between 10,000 and 50,000 times. Greenheart says the reviews started disappearing slowly at first but within the first week, over a quarter had vanished. Each day after that, the game lost hundreds more. Greenheart hypothesizes that if the algorithm had not stepped in, Game Dev Tycoon would have around 3,000 reviews by now. Instead two weeks after it was released, there are around 700 -- just over what the game had on launch day.


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