This is how the Chinese game the iOS App Store rankings

The below image, which shows a Chinese lady sitting in front of hundreds of iPhone 5cs’, has gone viral on Chinese social media websites. The image shows how the Chinese are gaming the rating system of the App Store. 
The table she’s working at seems to be specially designed for this purpose, and there’s another one across from her in the background.

Accompanying the photo on some sites is a screenshot displaying the supposed prices for this service. To get into the top 10 free apps costs RMB 70,000 (US$11,200), and keeping it there will run you another RMB 405,000 (US$65,000) per week. The third column is the monthly fare, and negotiations take place over popular messaging service QQ.
According to TechInAsia, a search for “app store ranking manipulation” on one of China’s most popular C2C ecommerce — Taobao — shows hundreds of firms offering services to boost the App Store ratings of iOS App, though the price is listed as 1 RMB.

Are you an app developer who has used the services of such Chinese firms or were you approached by them? Drop in your comment and let us know your experience.

 


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