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EA is pulling Tetris from the App Store and you won't be able to play after April 2020

Tetris Blitz
Tetris Blitz (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • EA is pulling Tetris from the App Store.
  • You can play it until April 21, 2020.
  • After that, it'll be dead in the water.

EA has confirmed that it is ending support for Tetris across iOS. That means that Tetris Premium, Tetris 2011, and Tetris Blitz are all going the way of the dodo. And to make matters worse, you won't be able to play – them even if you already have them installed – as of April 21.

The company has updated all of its apps with a paragraph of text explaining the situation, as first spotted by MacRumors. But while the text does say that everything is going bye-bye, it doesn't say why.

Hello Fans, We have had an amazing journey with you so far but sadly, it is time to say goodbye. As of April 21, 2020, EA's Tetris(R) app will be retired, and will no longer be available to play. Kindly note that you will still be able to enjoy the game and use any existing in-game items until April 21, 2020. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of this game and we appreciate your ongoing support. Thank you!

Understandably, people aren't happy. These games weren't free, and anyone who purchased them will be unable to play them as of April 21, 2020. That's.... not good. And it's yet another example of EA managing to get itself into a sticky situation. Because it just can't help itself anymore.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

2 Comments
  • You know, I have heard so many bad things about EA that I just don't buy anything from them.
  • I don't think I've ever heard anything good about them, and they also seem to have a lot of problems with a game from 1984. They released a version of Tetris on the PS3 which had really bad bugs and serious performance issues (I'm seriously not joking here, you couldn't make this up)