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Monthly Archives: January 2011

We’ve read some of our reviews and boy are we . . . amused! Some people are actually giving Race for the App one star just because we don’t start them with more app points than everyone else! And it is true that starting with Ⓐ1.10 might not get you in to every race, but that’s why you need to keep playing, not stop playing! It’s the smart players who win the Ⓐ5.00 races, because they kept playing daily to earn their Ⓐ0.10 of interest, and maybe won a few races “in the money” to increase their balance even more.

Thinking about our decision to reduce the starting balance to Ⓐ0.10 starting in February, though, we have decided not to do that. There is just too much money already in the system to make that viable. Given that even Ⓐ1.10 has people throwing fits, we might even consider “cost of living” increases in the future. Whatever that might be, it will still be less than the roughly Ⓐ3.00 that can be earned in interest every month. In short, there will always be some advantage for being an early adopter, so be happy you found Race for the App early and be sure to tell your friends!

We do agree that the Fund Account button should actually do something, though. While you can’t pay for more app points like you can for more money in Race for the Money, it should at least pop a dialog. Or perhaps you have some other idea for a cross promotion that gives users app points? For example, we could reward some app points if users visit your web site or install your app. Let us know if you’d like to arrange something like that.

So what are we angry about? Birds, of course! As promised, as an added incentive, we have started seeding the sponsors with apps that are already popular. We experimented last week with Infection Zone, a very nice board game we found while testing Race for the App. This week, we’ve went straight to the top of the games list and added Angry Birds. It’ll pop up sooner or later as a featured sponsor, so be sure to look for it in the game! Play it smart, and that promo code (technically a gift code, since it came out of own pockets), is yours. But it doesn’t always have to be games! What’s your suggestion for the next “impossible” sponsor?

A lot of new faces mean a lot of confused expressions. Let’s have an open discussion thread. Is there any pressing question you would like answered regarding any of our games, or game theory in general? Now is the time to ask!

Just as reflected in the icon’s own victory, Race for the App has finally been approved! Far from being at the finish line, though, we realize the real work has only just begun. Players need to start playing and sponsors need to start sponsoring, so get the word out today!

Something else to note regarding the free accounts for players: currently they’re starting at a balance of 110 “app points” (aka, Ⓐ1.10). Starting in February, though, that will drop to 10 app points, which matches the 10 app points they can earn by playing daily. Just another incentive to become an early adopter, and tell your friends to become one, too!

As promised, we’re doing our best to work with Apple’s App Review Board to get Race for the App approved. We’ve gotten absolutely no feedback from them yet, but we have already made a first stab at a compromise solution.

Instead of giving promo codes to race winners, it seems like it should be OK to just give them out to the public, as so many other sites do. To that end, we’ve created this Sponsors List, which just publishes the promo code after the race ends. It is a less than ideal incentive for competition, but we hope it is a way to keep the spirit of Race for the App alive without ruffling too many feathers.

Even this might not be allowed, though. Stay tuned for further updates. In the mean time, you can at least see if Apple is burning through the races you signed up to sponsor . . . nearly two months ago . . .

Remember how we’ve been waiting for Apple to approve Race for the App for over a month? We’ve finally got a resolution, but it was not a good one: Rejected. After a long talk with an Apple rep, though, it isn’t wholly a lost cause. The two main objections seem easy to address with very few changes to the app (making us wonder what took so long). We may even be able to make the changes on the server and use the same binary!

For all the developer’s who have submitted promo codes only to have them expire, we apologize. Rest assured, though, your sponsorship of races will still carry forward with our new plans. Hopefully that will drive sales for you, like we intended from the start. Stay tuned for progress reports on the app, and look for changes to the web site even sooner. Thanks!