Just on Thursday, (last week), Apple removed about 39,000 apps from it’s Chinese App Store due to the apps lacking an official license from local regulators, according to Reuters.
This new report cites data from the research firm called Qimai, says the games are affected by the cull including Ubisoft title Assassin’s Creed Identity and also NBA 2K20. And also, according to Qimai, only about 74% of the top 1,500 paid games on the China App Store actually survived through the purge from Apple.
Additionally to the 39,000 games, this report says that Apple also removed more than 46,000 apps in total from it’s store apparently.
Apple last February had actually gave app developers an initial June 30th deadline to prove they had a license for their games, and even later extended the deadline to December 31st. Though in July the company froze the updates for thousands of those iOS mobile games that lacked an actual official license, and later in August removed 30,000 apps for similar reasons.
Apple then in July apparently warned developers of app removals, if their apps are not meeting regulatory requirements. The removal of these apps lacking an official license is said to also come from increasing government pressure on Apple to cooperate with local regulations that have been in place since 2016.
via Mac Rumors