What you need to know
- Apple has removed 39,000 gaming apps from the App Store in China.
- The move is the result of a Chinese law requiring developers to obtain a license to offer their app.
As reported by the International Business Times, Apple removed 39,000 games from the App Store in China on December 31, 2020. The move came as a result of Chinese law stating that all game publishers must obtain a license in order to offer their app in the Chinese App Store.
Games weren't the only apps affected. Apple also removed 7,000 non-gaming apps, bringing the total to 46,000.
Apple had notified developers that the change was coming, and asked that they provide proof of license in order to continue to offer their app in China.
According to the report, the license requirement has been around for a while, so it is unclear why Apple took a more aggressive stance on the issue at the end of the year.
A spokesperson for Apple says that the company believes it is better for consumers for the company to remain in the country in order to provide them "access to products that promote self-expression with world-class privacy protections."
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