With hands in mobile VR just around the corner, we’ve been working hard to redefine our core user experience. We’ve also needed to make some clearcut decisions about how people access Leap Motion content.
We launched the Leap Motion App Store in 2013 because it represented a single destination for everyone who wanted to access the latest and greatest content. This made sense at the time because the Leap Motion Controller was a standalone product. Get a controller, download the software, find apps.
But with mobile VR, we’re set to become a fundamental component of a larger experience. OEMs who embed our technology have their own visions for app distribution. At the same time, online distribution platforms like Steam have a large (and growing) collection of VR apps. And in the last two years, the Leap Motion Gallery has expanded as a place to find desktop and VR content. For these reasons, an app store no longer makes sense.
With that in mind, we’ve decided to retire the App Store on June 30, 2017 – and to expand the Leap Motion Gallery as a central showcase for Leap Motion content. We will automatically issue App Store credit refunds to everyone who has used their Leap Motion wallet since January 1, 2017.
While we’re excited for the era of truly compelling mobile VR, today’s decision wasn’t made lightly. The FAQ below should cover most questions you may have. We’re also hosting a Q&A on our community forum.
Questions from Users
What happens to my App Home apps?
When the Store closes at 12pm PT on June 30th, you will no longer be able to download new apps. The apps that you already have in App Home will continue to be available indefinitely, but cannot be moved to a new computer.
Can I get a refund on my App Store credits?
Anyone who purchased credits on or after 12am PT on January 1, 2017 will have their credits automatically refunded to the payment method they used. Anyone who purchased credits before April 2017 and would like a refund should contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org (as their payment method may have expired).
Will you still support the Leap Motion Controller?
Yes. We have no plans to end support for the Leap Motion Controller. The magic of our technology has always been in its software – and even after nearly four years, we’re still exploring the hidden depths of the hardware.
Questions from Developers
What happens to my App Store apps?
When the Store closes on June 30th, your apps will no longer be available to download from the Leap Motion App Store. Users will continue to have access through local installs of App Home, but will not be able to receive updates.
When will final app payments be processed?
We will send final payments on all outstanding app balances on June 30.
Can I publish elsewhere?
Absolutely! We strongly encourage you to publish on your distribution platform of choice (such as Steam, itch.io, or Green Man Gaming). Leap Motion will also provide promotional support, including featured spots on the Leap Motion Gallery and our newsletter. Email email@example.com for details.
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