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Old January 6th, 2011, 05:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Malicious reviews from competing titles?


I was wondering if anyone had any advice on this. Over the past couple of months, our title has been rated by some one star reviews. Obviously some of these are geniune from people who just haven't liked the game, but most seem very suspicious.

They're all written in the same sort of broken English and say how a competitor's title is better than ours. Furthermore, we've checked their reviewing history on AndroidLib, and most of those same people who have given us one star reviews have also given almost identically worded one star reviews to other games in the same genre... and a five star review to the competitor's title.

Now, it could be coincidence rather than conspiracy, but the developer in question has also been known to create sockpuppet accounts on this forum too, so he has form.

We've contacted Google, does anyone think they'll be able to do anything other than recommend that we mark the comments as spam? We really don't want to respond in a tit-for-tat manner, but I don't know any other way to get them to stop. Seems a bit petty, but it's frustrating to have something you've worked on for months dragged down by someone else trying to promote their own - surely indie developers should be supporting each other and working together, rather than trying to kick each other down?
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