iOS devs gain the ability to offer promo codes for in-app purchases

Apple now lets developers hand out promo codes for free in-app purchases letting gamers get gifts in free to play titles.

Published Fri, May 16 2014 9:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

Apple has made an interesting change to the App Store and how developers can gift things to players of their games. Developers can now offer gamers promo codes for free in-app purchases. Promo codes have been accepted for game purchases for a while, but allowing them for in-app purchases is a new feature.

iOS devs gain the ability to offer promo codes for in-app purchases |

One of the first mobile game developers to take advantage of in-app promo codes was EA. It offered a promo code to players of Real Racing 3 if they visited the EA website. The code gave the players some free gold.

It's unclear if these in-app promo codes will be supported in all countries where the App Store operates. The test promo code reportedly didn't work in India for instance. In-app purchase promo codes are a good thing and will allow gamers who like freemium apps to get some freebies from devs to maintain their interest in the game.


Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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