Guild Wars 2 now has an unofficial mobile app called GW2 Sidekick

    
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gw2sidekickIf you’re still bummed because the once-promised official Guild Wars 2 companion app never materialized, how about a consolation prize in the form of an unofficial one?

Released for Android this week, GW2 Sidekick allows a player to see all of his characters, inventories, bank bags, wallet, and equipped gear at a glance. It also calculates deaths and hours played for you just in case your morale is too high. Creator Bobbjoemoma.5784 plans future features including PvP league tracking, an auction hall watch list, market stats, an item search, and news feed. It’s not the first such app for the game, but it’ll be pretty darn shiny once it’s fully fleshed out.

No need to fret over security: You’ll just need to create an API key on ArenaNet’s website that grants the proper permissions to the app without compromising the account itself. The main drawback is in-app ads; the developer requests $1.60 US to remove them. Get that market watch list going and I’m in!

Source: Google Play via Reddit
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bluewill11
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a better one, free and without adds – http://www.gw2efficiency.com

SallyBowls1
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Tatwi breetoplay  Technically, Microsoft and many others (e.g. Adobe) have moved past that, going from B2P to sub.  So you pay X dollars a month for Office and always get the latest version.

I think there are a lot of dubious business practices everywhere, but there was a specific problem to the app stores.  PC Software users who own version X expect to upgrade to version X+1 for cheaper than a new user of X+1. However, the app stores did not have the capability to offer that.

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breetoplay tobascodagama Zulika_Mi_Nam Well, never underestimate the combination or corporate+lawyer+IP+procrastination to snatch defeat from the mouth of victory.

EVE has had a nice API system for idk a decade. Yet in 2011, the capsuleer app got shut down due to CCP’s inaction and/or unwillingness to sign off on it.

The Return of Capsuleer

CCP had let you use the API, from the web or Excel for many years. Yet a critical mass of legal and marketing came up with ideas for $99 licenses and restrictions. Which always puzzled me; if many web sites had been using the API for years, why would this iOS app cause issues using the API?

Kherova
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Kherova

Every game now needs a mobile sidekick now, really? Somehow such things always kill my immersion.

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

Most companies at least grasp the concept of “if the app doesnt really offer people some unique capability, dont make it”. The days of “Omg we need a presence on the appstore, make something with our name that doesnt do much but represents the product!” past by a couple years ago. Guess Anet didnt get the memo.

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The best use of the GW2 API (by far) is the site gw2efficiency.com.  I am amazed what they have done there.  Honestly, probably the best use of a game’s official API that I have ever seen.

Vorender
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Vorender

Woot!

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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breetoplay tobascodagama Zulika_Mi_Nam  I was thinking the same, but thought even the small charge may set off a trigger – unless that has already been discussed as being ok.

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tobascodagama Zulika_Mi_Nam Yeah, no risk of shutting down, that’s what the API is for. Anet also supports the Big List o’ Apps too.
https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/API:List_of_applications

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This has got to be the single biggest (stuck in the past) issue for MMO developers today, in terms of business that is.

They always try to claw more money from you, but never take advantage of socializing their game via apps to increase retention and loyalty. Most just have a crappy security app, or, at the very most, The WoW app which does have some nice features, but doesn’t let you do basic things like talk to people.

I know it would take resources, but I mean come one, how much can it really take if a single person can make a fairly robust app on his own.

Just imagine a good companion app for a game like Rift, where you can check the AH, your bank, guild and general chats, mailbox, zone maps and zone events.

Imagine Guild Wars 2 companion app with guild and general chat, trading post, seeing upcoming metas/events, a skill calculator etc etc.

Such wasted potential because they don’t want to spend the 40-100k to make it.