Apple takes down over 39K games on its Chinese App Store as part of a greater licensing crackdown

    
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Apple took a rather drastic step on its Chinese App Store this past New Year’s Eve as the company removed 46,000 apps, including 39,000 games, from the storefront in accordance with licensing requirements from Chinese authorities.

The sweep included a number of large titles such as Assassin’s Creed Identity and NBA 2K20 among others, with only 74 of the top 1,500 paid games surviving the wipe. Apple had given game companies an initial deadline of the end of June to submit a government-issued license number that lets users make in-app purchases, but then extended that deadline to December 31st.

Apple has so far not replied to a request for comment, but the move comes as Apple tries to close loopholes around Chinese content regulations. Analysts further posit that game devs will have to pivot to an ad-supported business model to counter both stricter laws and an extremely low number of foreign game license approvals in 2020, while Apple’s own bottom line will reportedly not be affected by this mass purge.

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Rndomuser

No surprises there, Apple will always do what the local government will dictate. Same is true for every other large corporation. Except with Google you still have a choice – you can still download and run installation of any kind of app in less than a minute on most Android phones, not from official app store but from any website you want to.

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dreamer

Why wouldn’t they comply with local law/regulations?

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Rndomuser

I never said they shouldn’t comply and never implied that in any way.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Yes, that’s right Apple, bow to the tyrannical regime to get the money from oppressed people.

Of course… Taking those games down means they’ll be getting less money, at least temporarily.

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steel hunt

If you want that sweet sweet Chinese cash, you gotta follow what the government wants.

port13
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port13

Exactly, their land, their rules. Don’t like it? gtfo

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Ernost

You do realize that obeying local regulations is required to do business in any country right? The type of government in power has nothing to do with it.