Kongregate Arcade Removed from Android Market

Looking for that Kongregate Arcade app we told you about yesterday?  You aren’t going to find it in the Android Market today.  It appears that Google has pulled the app from the market for violating the developer distribution agreement, but not before downloaded by tens of thousands of users.  Not to worry though, Kongregate is still making the game available as a direct download.  You can hit up their website to grab and install the app that starts out with over 300 free Flash-based games.

Here’s the part of the developer agreement that Kongregate is violating:

4.5 Non-Compete. You may not use the Market to distribute or make available any Product whose primary purpose is to facilitate the distribution of Products outside of the Market.

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Scott has been running AndroidGuys since 2007 and loves nothing more than reading up on the latest smartphone rumors. His other mobile efforts can be found on Android Update (CNET) where he covers Google's mobile platform.

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4 Comments

  1. tekrhino
    January 19, 11:09 Reply

    4.5 Non-Compete. You may not use the Market to distribute or make available any Product whose primary purpose is to facilitate the distribution of Products outside of the Market.

    Wow! Wouldn’t that include hundreds of other apps like. Autozone, best buy, target…etc etc..

    Me thinks Google is only using its POWER as those ROTTEN folks at Apple would.

    The Kongregate is not harmful or malicious in any way!!!
    Google should reconsider this action…

    • Chuck
      January 19, 12:25 Reply

      For the purposes of the agreement, “Product” is defined as other apps. Not just any old products that Target, Autozone, etc., sell. I suspect this is a case where they’d agree that it’s not a bad app to have in the Market, but if they made an exception here it’d make it hard to enforce elsewhere without looking like this was preferential treatment.

    • Chris
      January 19, 16:58 Reply

      Unlike Apple, if you don’t agree with or happen to break Google market’s terms you have other options for the distribution of your app. Kongregate’s app is available on its own site, and can use any number of the bajillion app stores available if they choose too.

      • kate
        January 30, 22:37 Reply

        Their site seems to just link to the market… where it isn’t.

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