Mario Kart Tour App Store Spotlight

Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise has made its way to mobile phones with the long-awaited Mario Kart Tour. While the app is seeing early success from the brand’s popularity, it still needs App Store Optimization if it wants to race with the top of the pack. For this week’s App Store Spotlight, we take a look at Mario Kart Tour and see if its ASO is enough to give it a turbo boost, or if another app can beat it to the finish line.

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Apple Arcade vs Google Play Pass

Shortly after Apple released Apple Arcade with iOS 13, Google Play launched the Google Play Pass. Now both stores have a subscription service for apps, both of which have been inviting select developers to contribute games. The new subscription options can influence the App Store Optimization strategies for games and apps on both stores.

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ASO Seasonality: Optimize for Halloween

As Fall begins, app developers should start thinking about seasonal updates for their app. Many may want to change their app’s graphics or introduce special events, but seasonal updates go beyond what’s in the app. It also means updating App Store and Google Play Store pages for seasonal App Store Optimization. In this case, while Halloween is slightly over a month away, it’s time to start planning ASO accordingly.

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Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade App Store Spotlight

Warhammer 40,000 is a popular miniatures wargame with an expansive lore. Games Workshop and Pixel Toys have brought that story to mobile games with “Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade,” a mobile game that recently updated for iOS 13. Do the game’s App Store and Play Store pages draw in users, or is it overlooked amongst the mobile games in the stores? Does the app capitalize on being featured for its iOS 13 capabilities? We explore that in this week’s App Store Spotlight.

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App Subscriptions

Apple Adds Subscription Billing Grace Period

App subscriptions can be a great source of income for the developers, especially when the subscriptions automatically renew. However, there are instances where a user cannot pay on the exact date of renewal, whether it’s due to credit card issues or a temporary lack of funds. While this previously would have resulted in a sudden cancelation, Apple is adding a “grace period” for subscribers, which can help subscription apps keep their retention and engagement high.

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