26,000 games removed from the Apple App Store in China

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Apple has removed about 29,800 apps from the app store, including more than 26,000 games, according to Qimai data. The removals come amid a crackdown on games not authorized by the Chinese authorities.
Earlier this year, Apple gave game developers until the end of June to provide a government-issued license number to enable users to make in-app purchases, and Android app stores in China have long complied with these regulations, but it is not clear why Apple implemented it strictly this year; The company deleted more than 2,500 games from its app store during the first week of July.
Research company SensorTower reported at the time, that games affected by the deletion included names like Zynga and Supercell.
The Chinese government has long sought to impose stricter regulations on the gaming industry to remove sensitive content. Industry insiders say the game approval process that is looking to enable in-app purchases is long and complex, hurting everyone except for the biggest game developers.
Todd Cohen, director of marketing at AppIn China, a company that helps foreign companies distribute their applications, said, “This greatly affects the income of young and medium developers, but due to the difficulties in obtaining a commercial license, this is devastating to the entire iOS game industry in China. ».
Research company SensorTower reported at the time, that games affected by the deletion included names like Zynga and Supercell. The Chinese government has long sought to impose stricter regulations on the game industry to remove sensitive content.

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