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Amazon Ending Its Underground App Developer Program

Available as a service for its Fire tablets, the Underground Actually Free program launched in 2015 as a way for Fire customers to get access to apps and games that normally bore a price tag, for free. It worked because Amazon ate the cost and paid developers a certain amount on a per-minute played basis in exchange for them waiving their normal in-app fees.

Amazon originally stated this was a long-term program. Today we learn that the true definition of long-term is just 2 years.

As of May 31st, 2017, Amazon will no longer accept new app and game submissions for the Underground Actually Free program. If you’re an existing Amazon Underground developer, you will continue to get paid for every minute customers spend in your Amazon Underground app as provided in our developer agreement. Similarly, you can continue to submit and publish updates to your existing Amazon Underground apps until 2019.

Full announcement: Amazon Underground Actually Free Program


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