Kongregate CEO Jim Greer has responded to Google pulling its Kongregate Arcade app from the Android store this week. Released yesterday, the app was on the store a few hours before Google decided to yank it without much explanation. Greer called Google’s swift removal of the app "surprising," noting that he showed the app to several people at Google, and that they seemed to approve of it at the time. Greer did acknowledge that the person at Google who made the decision to yank the app had not seen it prior to its release.
"The reason for the removal," Greer said, "and we didn’t find out until after it was already gone, was that they claim you can’t use their app store to distribute another app store — which is a reasonable restriction. But to us, what’s really bizarre, to call [Kongregate Arcade] an ‘app store’ seems like a pretty extreme stretch."
The Kongregate App is simply a portal to Kongregate’s games site for mobile devices (m.kongregate.com) offering around 300 games. These games are essentially played in a browser – enabled using the Android browser and WebKit. Greer went on to say that most Android app removals involved fraud, piracy, or other nefarious activities. He also cited examples like Game Boy emulators that are available today via the Marketplace that walk the line.
"Our understanding is that this wasn’t even a gray area; that it was totally fine," he said in closing. "And that’s why we’re so surprised."
Google has not publicly commented on why it pulled the app.