Update 10 February: We have now received clarification from Candywriter regarding their recent takedown notice for our App Directory entries for the BitLife games. We have been informed that the issue was caused by a wrongful flagging of AppleVis as an "APK website."
For those unfamiliar with the term, an APK website refers to a website that stores Android app files.
We are grateful to Candywriter for rectifying this mistake and for their prompt resolution of the matter.
As a result, our App Directory entries for BitLife - Life Simulator and BitLife Dogs - DogLife have been restored. I encourage everyone to put this unfortunate turn of events behind us and focus on what truly matters - playing and enjoying the BitLife games, and sharing our experiences and opinions freely.
I regret to inform the community that we have received a notice from legal agents acting on behalf of Candywriter, the developers of the BitLife series of games, alleging that our App Directory entry for BitLife - Life Simulator is infringing on their intellectual property rights. The notice is issued in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) and requires us to immediately remove access to the copyrighted material.
The nature of the copyrighted content is not specified, but it is assumed to be the app's description contained in the app Directory entry and release notes shared in the comment thread. If we fail to comply to the takedown notice within 24 hours, our hosting company, who are also subjects of this notice, may be forced to suspend our account.
As a result, we are left with no choice but to immediately remove the app directory entries for BitLife - Life Simulator and BitLife Dogs - DogLife. This is an extremely disappointing development, especially considering the level and nature of engagement the BitLife entry has received. With over 1300 replies from dedicated fans eager to share their experiences and offer tips to others, it's disheartening that Candywriter would seek to shut down such passionate and positive discussions.
Candywriter has routinely made efforts to make their apps accessible to blind and low vision users, with app updates often improving VoiceOver accessibility. BitLife - Life Simulator was even nominated for a golden Apple award by our community in 2019 and was shortlisted for induction into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame in 2019 and 2020.
This action by Candywriter feels like a betrayal to the blind and low vision gaming community who have been playing, enjoying, supporting, and promoting the BitLife games. It's a sad day for all those involved, and I express my extreme disappointment with Candywriter's decision.