The Pixelmon 1.16.5 Minecraft mod, a relatively new mod, was given the Cease & Desist order of removal from the Google Play marketplace after six months. The reason being that it was found to have a number of bugs that were not acceptable for a Google product, namely, copying and pasting. This happened as the original author of the mod used the mainframe of his computer to upload the mod to the Play marketplace. There are many other ways that this particular mod could have been pulled off; however, I doubt that was their intention.
It seems clear to me that they (Google) wanted to try and scare people into purchasing the mod. I suppose if they found that the mod had some quality issues that they might have considered removing it. But, after reading all of Google’s terms and conditions, it appears that they simply did not want any more copies of the game on the Play Store. You can imagine how that would affect the millions of people that currently have the game. No, one would want to risk having their content stolen!
So, how did the Pixelmon Minecraft Mod end up in the situation that it is currently in? I believe that it was (or at least was primarily) pulled due to an issue with the developer. The developer unfortunately created a large number of accounts on MySpace and other social networking sites, which led him/her to become (and remain) under suspicion for several different things, which ultimately led to him/her losing a lot of personal assets.
The original mod developer did not give any evidence to Google regarding the theft of his/her codes or modding information. Google was not able to find any evidence linking the user in question to the theft. If you take a look at his/her MySpace profile you will notice that he/she uses screen names that are very common. It would be easy to assume that this person is a victim of identity theft. And indeed, it is quite possible. Most people wouldn’t even dream of using their real name on MySpace or any other site related to their work.
But that’s just one side of this story. There is another side: the fact that the popular mod maker monetized his mod by selling it on various websites. He also made a few more mods after he got his MySpace account banned. It is my firm belief that if this mod had been available for any longer, he/she wouldn’t have monetized it at all.
All this ended up in a case of spamming. The mod is still up and running, but there are literally hundreds of websites that now have the same content as it. Would YouTube and Google have allowed this game to become so popular? Probably not. This is why we need YouTube and Google to watch out for these guys.