A Developer Can Decide If You Can’t Use An App Anymore: EA

By on July 3, 2015


From a developer’s perspective, he is simply licensing out his app, not selling outright control or ownership rights to the user. Building on this EA announced that those who had purchased Rock Band on iOS will not be able to play it any more, come the last day of this month. EA may not have made this decision very willingly. Indications are that the decision was forced by associated music label licenses that have expired or will expire at the end of this month. This is an exception, not a norm so there is no need for users of other apps to get into a tizzy.

Opinions, however, differ. On the desktop platform and for computing hardware, people who shell out money have full control over usage. However, the mobile device world has some rather restrictive and seemingly biased modes of working, not at all very friendly for users of the app. The developer-centric bias can be seen from the fact that a few developers did pull their products off Google’s Play Store and users could not redownload those apps. They paid and were left high and dry. This happens because of the system of subscription based services. Still, however, common sense dictates that when a user has paid a license fee he should be able to enjoy its use.

EA’s case in this instance is exceptional, dictated probably by external factors, but it does point to an imbalance that needs correction.