Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2 is in the top 10 biggest grossing apps in the iTunes App Store right now. It’s also a huge scam.
First of all, Mojang has never released a Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2, though the company has discussed making a Minecraft 2 at some point in the future. More importantly, purchasing Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2 will not get you anything resembling a Minecraft game, but rather a crudely made swipe app pitting zombies against a Mortal Kombat character.
The fake title has evidently fooled a lot of people though, and Mojang is working to get the “game” taken off the App Store.
“It’s great that Minecraft has inspired people to create amazing things, but when a product attempts to dupe our community or exploit their enthusiasm for the game, it’s our responsibility to step in,” Mojang’s Owen Hill told Eurogamer.
Understandably, a lot of customers are unhappy with the whole fiasco. Apple tends to respond to scams only when notified by the creators of games that have been ripped off. The Apple Store is massive, and very open, which makes it near impossible for the company to police every single app or game that gets in. It’s clear that while there are benefits to this approach, many customers will likely lose faith in the store.
Whether or not Apple will lose enough money along with that trust to make it worth their while to address the growing problem, we’ll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, beware of scams. Checking the star rating and user reviews of an app is usually the quickest way to see if something is legitimate.