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Apple pulls Big Fish subscription app

App Store's first subs service for games removed after a week on sale

Big Fish Games subscription service has been pulled from the App Store less than a week after it launched, Bloomberg reports.

The app allowed users to stream dozens of Big Fish's games to an iPad for $6.99 a month, and has been available since November 18. However, Big Fish founder Paul Thelen was informed that it had been removed yesterday, and is currently waiting on further details from Apple.

Thelen claims that the app was "officially approved", with Apple also clearing the press release that accompanied the launch. Apple spokesman Tom Meumayr declined to comment.

When the news first broke, Thelen told Bloomberg that the clearance process took "longer than usual."

"They needed to be convinced there's a reason to charge customers every month," he said.

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Matthew Handrahan joined GamesIndustry in 2011, bringing long-form feature-writing experience to the team as well as a deep understanding of the video game development business. He previously spent more than five years at award-winning magazine gamesTM.