Not so long ago, 1800PocketPC reported that the Marketplace ranking system which moves apps and games up and down within a category depending on popularity and rating was broken (probably Chuck Norris had his app declined at certification and decided to round-house kick the Marketplace). Everything now seems to be back to normal and rankings reflective of respective ratings.
The problem was most notable with Lunar Lander, released on 11th May, has a two and a half star rating and was frozen at 68th position, while newly released Hydro Thunder GO, which has a four star rating was stamped at 1277th position. While this may not affect big developers much in terms of reach, indie developers who don't have Live titles in the games category would have found this particularly worrying, especially since they already have problems with Live titles getting more coverage.
Some developers got in touch with 1800PocketPC, who wished to remain anonymous and explained how they monitor their app rankings quite closely, noticed some sticks around the 20th of May and attempted to get support via appropriate channels. Actual quote can be found below:
As you can see in what this particular developer stated, Eric Perez (the indie developer who has reportedly earned $30k from WP7 (opens in new tab) thus far) also started a thread about the problem he witnessed with his Armored Drive title (you'll notice that thread has had no official reply from Microsoft at all). While the Marketplace (and the platform) is still relatively new to the scene, we're going to reach a point soon where we can't use that excuse but hopefully by then all the problems, glitches and bugs will be ironed out.
Did you notice this Marketplace ranking freeze occur?
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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