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September 26, 2020


Apple has pulled more than 30,000 apps from the App Store in China, according to a recent Bloomberg survey. The study cites recent research from the Qimai Research Institute and states that games accounted for 90% of user removals.

Apple pulled down all of these applications overnight, with a high at 4:15 a.m. Local time as Apple has detected more than 2,000 applications from the App Store. Any of the 30,000 deletions happened by 3 a.m. Around five o’clock. Local time.

On 8 July, Apple warned developers of this impending cull, citing legal criteria for payments:

Apple sent a reminder to game developers July 8 about its elimination plans if they did not meet the payment regulatory requirements by the end of the month, Qimai said, citing an email from the iPhone manufacturer.

In fact, Apple has been gradually removing thousands of applications from the App Store for this reason. As reported earlier this month, Apple removed more than 3,000 games from the China App Store during July 1 and July 2. The article clarified that Apple is working to comply with stringent gaming legislation in China, allowing developers to seek permission from Chinese regulators:

International businesses are not required to apply for a license directly. We need to work with local firms to legally distribute their paying games in China. It can take months for game developers to get their games accepted.

Even with the latest removals from the China App Store, more than 179,000 games are available to iPhone and iPad owners in the region. Approximately 160,000 of these games are distributed free of charge and therefore thus not subject to legal criteria surrounding paying titles.