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Update, 9 a.m. Pacific on Sunday, August 30: The game appears to be back on Apple’s App Store. Toto told VentureBeat he estimates the losses for Mixi to stand at about $600,000.
Anton Soeharyo, the CEO and founder at Jakarta-based mobile game studio Touchten Games (which recently took funding from Japan’s Gree), offered VentureBeat the following comments:
The real reasons are unknown, except to Apple and Mixi. For obvious reasons, Mixi does not want to reveal the ‘real reason’. But according to the way it announced the inability for users to use their ‘serial code’ system in the blog posting — and according to other speculation (link in Japanese) — I think one of the reason is that by giving ‘referral codes’ that can unlock certain in-app purchasable items, it was bypassing the IAP system highlighted in clause 11.2. Apple has repeatedly warned Monster Strike to delete this feature, but they didn’t. So that is why they pulled the plug, it seems.