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Questions regarding usage of the Google play app store for Android

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Do I need an Indie Studio Name?

I've recently been making a mobile game which I'm going to publish to Google Play. Google Play requires a Developer Name. Most Google Play Developer use their game studio name like Gameloft, Supercell,...
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Can I legally remove the default Unity splash screen by removing it from the APK?

While using Unity I export an Android game as an APK. When the APK is run, the first thing that is displayed is the Unity splash screen. I worked out that I could replaced that image by opening the ...
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How can I “publish” an Android game without Google Play?

I'm new to development and trying to get a sense for the obstacles to publication If I need to circumvent the Google Play app store, can I publish a game to a website that people can visit in a ...
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How can I mock Google Play purchases?

I would like to know what best practices should I do for testing the functionality when a user buy an item/power-ups via Google Play and purchased with real money? For example, basically, creating a ...
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Is it legal to sell or monetize games created with the Unity 3D free edition?

Is it okay to use Unity 3D programming and gaming software to create mobile game apps for Android and iOS? I am using a free version of Unity 3D and planning it to sell my current game app I've ...
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Why does my game display the wrong “required Android version” on Google Play?

I'm porting a Unity game to Android, and I've set up the "Minimum API Level" in the Player settings to "2.3.3 (API level 10)". However, on the store, it says "Requires Android: 1.6 and up". On the ...
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How can I change the Google Play Console language?

How can I change the Google Play Console language? Here you can see that the language is not English:
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Game upgrade launch : Cross-platform release timing

I just finished doing a major upgrade for a old mobile title, that haven't seen an update in over a year. Lots of new content, things are looking nice. Sadly, these days it takes an average of 12 ...
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I found a game with the same name as mine! What should I do?

I published my game Eyeroller on Google Play the other day. I checked there was no game on Google Play with the same name. But today I searched for "eyeroller" on Google (Yes, I should have done it a ...
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How to un-publish a game with minimum impact?

I released a game about 5 years ago across multiple mobile platforms. I spent a couple of years supporting it, following user feedback and trying to improve its revenue unsuccessfully. In the end, I ...
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Programatically find out which app store install came from?

Background In my app, I have a 'rate me' button. It follows the usual path - user clicks in, it starts an intent and opens the app's listing on the Play Store. All well and good. Now I wish to try ...
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Unable to rollout release to alpha in Google Play Console

I have uploaded my APK, and filled in data in every field which was required... but using Googles new MAnage releases tab, I am unable to press the final button to roll it out to alpha. Its not ...
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Will Google Play Game Services allow turn-based gameplay?

Will the Google Play Game Services multiplayer allow (turn-by-turn) gameplay like DrawSomething?
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How to delete Google Play Services?

I want to delete Google Play Services in the Google Play Developer Console, but I can't. Here is what I did: I published my game to Google Play without Google Play Services. I decided that I want ...
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Does Google Play allow an account to log in to the same game on 2 devices?

I'm developing an online Android game with Unity. I want all Google Play accounts to have only one session logged in at a time. Do I need to write my own code to disconnect an existing session on ...
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How can I remove scores or ban users from Google Play leaderboards?

I have included Google Play game services in my Android game. I see lot of users posting fake scores. Can I ban them or can I delete these scores somehow?
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Make paid app free for specific user

Is it possible for me as an developer/owner of my paid app (released on the Google Play market) to unlock its full version for specific user?
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What do these Google Play Buildbox settings mean?

I am using Buildbox to design my first game to put on Google Play store, however I am having some issues. The game is finalized now. But I have a few questions. The settings in Buildbox ask for my ...
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Google Play 3rd Party Payment Allowed?

Does Google allow 3rd party payment solutions to be enabled in developers' apps (i.e., Paypal, carrier/SMS payment), especially in countries where Google Checkout isn't present? Or does this violate ...
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Game not accepted in Google Play even though it's built in 64 bit (Unity)

I tried building my game according to the google play rules, but I get the following error message: "This release is not compliant with the Google Play 64-bit requirement The following APKs or App ...
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How do I create a closed beta on Google Play?

As per suggestion I'm splitting How do I create a closed beta on the App Store? up. Can I upload the game I'm developing to Google Play as a closed beta, so I could generate a couple of keys/tokens ...
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How can you check your users' unlocked achievements (Google Play Game Services)?

Is it possible to see how many of your users have unlocked certain achievements on the Google Play Developer console? This information would be very useful. I guess that one could achieve this through ...
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How many leaderboards can I have in Android via Google Play?

Question is simple. I have one game with multiple levels(say around 90) distributed amongts different amongst different worlds. Am I reading this right and it means I can only have 70 individual ...
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How can I publish my game (*.aab file) on google play?

I select arm64 (64 bit) and x86 and amrv7 and select build app bundle in player setting so but when I want publish so I have an error like : Error This release is not compliant with the Google Play ...
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Concerns about Google Play Games security

I want to develop a Android game using LibGDX. Let's take a classic example ; some player can battle another one in turn based matches. The outcome of match defines the reward in some ingame currency. ...
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How to test Google Play Multiplayer locally

I'm building a simple HTML5 game and I need to implement multiplayer without sharing the game on Google Play. I'm using CocoonJS's multiplayer api. How can I test Google Play Multiplayer locally? Do ...
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Auto-match criteria by location

How does Google match two players looking for a random game? For our app it is better to match people from the same location. Is Google already preferring people living closer together when matching ...
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How can I hand out free copies of my otherwise-paid Play Store game?

With Google Play Services, is it possible to give people redeemable codes for an Android game I made, or give them special access or something like that? How do I do it?
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Turn based multiplayer, Google services or Parse or.. [closed]

I have a turn based game on Google play already (paid with around 2000 users and free with around 50k).i am thinking of adding multiplier option to it. I am unable to progress because I don't know ...
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What organic traffic can I expect from publishing on Google Play, without other marketing?

I've just published a new Android game on Google Play. It has been a bit over 48 hours. It's active in the store, and I can search for it by name to get to it. However, I've had 0 organic downloads ...
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'Resetting' Google Play Games Services so app forgets it previously connected (so it shows confirmation screen again)

When I first integrated Google Play Games Services into my app, it came up with a 'confirmation screen', something like: App Name wants to connect to Google Play Game Services I don't recall the ...
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Do Google Play and the Apple App Store allow symbols such as square brackets app names?

For instance, if I wanted to call my game [GAME]. I tried searching for apps on both marketplaces using both symbols and didn't get any errors, although no apps were found with square brackets. [...
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Sign APK of several games with same or different key?

When you choose a key for signing your APK for publishing in GooglePlay, you need to care of this key for the next 25 years if you want to do updates. The key should not be shared with anyone. The ...
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On Android, why would you handle expansion files yourself instead of using Google Play?

Why aren't all Android games using Google Play's ability to serve their expansion files? Why some are handling it themselves inside their apps?
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Client-side dice rolls in turn-based game

I'd like to create a turn-based multiplayer game on Android. I'm thinking of using Google Play Game Services and get rid of any other webservice to create and host games. The problem is the game ...
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My game is not shown in Play Market New Releases

I've published my app for like an 36 hours ago. It is possible to find it with exact search query ("Village Keeper") and it is available via the direct link. Thing is I can't find it in "New Releases"...
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What happens if I increment a completed achievement on Google Play?

This question is about GPGS (Google Play Game Services). Say we have three achievements like: Achievement A: Kill a total of 3 enemies Achievement B: Kill a total of 6 enemies Achievement C: Kill a ...
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Tips on how to notify a user of new features in your game

I have noticed a problem when releasing new features for a game that I wrote for Android and published on Google Play Store. Because my game is "stage-based" - and not a game like Hay Day, for ...
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How do I successfully implement Google Mobile Ads and Google Play Services into my Unity arcade game?

I have been trying for like a month now to properly implement Google Play Services and Google Mobile Ads into my Unity Android Game. I have had success in getting Google Play Services to work but when ...
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Restore IAP in Android using Prime 31

can someone please guide me how to restore purchases in android using prime 31. What my basic understating is to get the list skus which player has purchased after he logs in with his account and ...
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Why can't I see how many installs my game has on its Google Play page?

I made an Android game, and I uploaded and published it to Google Play. Then, I installed it on my phone. Why can't I see the install count, on its Google Play page?
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How to handle a Google Play game's privacy policy

I am trying to release a mobile game (insert obligatory sellout statement for Chunk of Space) on Google Play, and I'm worried about their privacy policy system. Basically, if you mark your game as "...
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How to get Google Play to suggest my app?

I uploaded a game to Play and obviously it isn't the very first suggestion on the list. I uploaded it 3 days ago. As somehow new games do get played, I assume people start to know about them. I ...
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What is the revenue split between me and Google in the Play store?

I want to sell an app on the Google Chrome store for $0.50. How much of this will I pocket after Google's cut?
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Mobile Game: Google Play no supported dev country and capitalization alternatives (no policies violation or suspicious behavior)?

If my country is listed as not supported as a developer country (for payments), this mean developer can upload app but no make any money with it. If I understood correctly, not even in app ads are ...
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Where is the “Test Login Needed” in App review in Google Play?

I recently uploaded a new app in the google play console to review, then I was receive an email that say: Please provide login credentials to the support team before you submit any updated ...
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New game shows up as an update instead of a release

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this sort of question but since there is a google-play tag... I've just released a new game (my first one actually) two days ago. And I've just noticed ...
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Google on different versions of games

I'm focusing on a game for the Android platform, and thinking of building multiple versions with different themes. Every one of them would have a distinct name, graphics, and content, but the same ...
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Has google increased apk limit from 50mb to 149?

I recently seen Angry Birds GO has apk size of 149 on google play, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsgo&hl=en Yet google says apk size limit is 50 mb.So my ...
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Google Leaderboards, Reducing the Score of a Player

I am making a strategy game similar to chess for Android. I'll be using the Google Leaderboards for rankings. I want to implement a sort of ranking system, that the player can actually lose score, ...