If you are a UK developer and bank with a subsidiary of HSBC then this may be relevant to you:
Almost every month since pay outs began I have raised a support ticket with Microsoft querying why I havenâ€™t received payment. This culminated in May with sending Microsoft a copy of the details I received from First Direct (Bank Name/Address/IBAN etc.) essentially in order to confirm that the details I had been copying and pasting into the App Hub were correct. I subsequently still did not receive any payout (I am giving you the short version here, many emails ensued)
In June I was lucky enough while attending the WPUG user group at Tech Days in London to share a pint with none other than [email protected] (Brandon Watson). I mentioned this issue and he promised to investigate. True to his word he followed up and before long I had another email from MS expressing concern and a desire to sort the issue out.
It transpires that the App Hub doesnâ€™t cope well with some aspects of the UK Banking system. “First Direct Bank” is owned by HSBC and it looks as though the IBAN/SWIFT address that they use doesnâ€™t map to them, but to their parent (The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation). There doesnâ€™t appear to be anything within Microsoft’sâ€™ own validation to flag this issue (hopefully this will change in the future?)
I have been advised to change the bank name to HSBC and been promised that a further check will be done over the next 5 days (by Microsoft) to manually validate that the new Bank Name (HSBC) and address details (First Directsâ€™ HQ in Leeds) will pass for an end of August payment.
(any relevant updates here: rd3d2.wordpress.com)