Jun 27, 2013
A rather worrying story about Google Play has come out from indie developer Terry Cavanagh: apparently he has yet to see a dime from his game Super Hexagon on Google Play. The game is available through the Amazon Appstore and has been sold through the Humble Bundle, so he has made some money off of it, but Google has yet to pay him â€“ and they suspended his account after investigating the issue.
While he said earlier the game was not available due to this account suspension, the game appears to be available on the store currently, perhaps suggesting that the issue has been sorted out. However, the fact that a developer who has sold over 50,000 copies of an app on Android has issues with being paid months after an app’s release is worrying news. Hopefully it’s just a glitch in the system, but it’s a huge glitch, and this shouldn’t happen to other developers, especially those who may need the money they make from Google Play to stay in business to begin with.
Of course, it does at least serve as a reminder about Android: just because one store shuts you down doesn’t mean that it shuts down all revenue for developers, but it remains worrying that Google could have this huge of an oversight happen.
Update: Complain on Twitter, get problems solved. The system works.