Apple Got Rid Of 39,000 Game Apps From China App Store To Meet Deadline

Apple Got Rid Of 39,000 Game Apps From China App Store To Meet Deadline


As
 reported by Reuters, the apps were removed because December 31 is the deadline for all game publishers to obtain a license. Games affected included Ubisoft title Assassin’s Creed Identity and NBA 2K20, as per research firm Qimai. Qimai also revealed that only 74 of the top 1,500 paid games weren’t removed from the Apple store. “...this major pivot to only accepting paid games that have a game license, coupled with China’s extremely low number of foreign game licenses approved this year, will probably lead more game developers to switch to an ad-supported model for their Chinese versions,” Todd Kuhns, marketing manager for AppInChina, told Reuters.Apple recently got rid of over 46,000 apps on its China store, out of which 39,000 were game apps. This has so far been the biggest ap purge done by Apple in a single day. 

The report notes that Apple had initially kept the deadline as June end this year for the game publishers to submit a government-issued license number that allows users to make in-app purchases. This deadline was later extended by Apple to December 31.


In other Apple-related news, Apple recently removed an app that promoted secret parties during the COVID-19 pandemic from its app store. The iOS app Vybe Together helps organize underground parties. The apps’ account has also been banned on TikTok. However, it’s currently not clear whether the app held illegal or unsafe party gatherings. And the app’s Instagram account description reads “App Store took us down!!! We will be back!!”.

Source:https://in.mashable.com/tech/19280/apple-got-rid-of-39000-game-apps-from-china-app-store-to-meet-deadline