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Apple pulled 39,000 games from its App Store in China on December 31, 2020 including NBA 2K20 and Assassin's Creed Identity.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

January 4, 2021

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Apple pulled 39,000 games from its App Store in China on December 31, 2020, including NBA 2K20 and Assassin's Creed Identity

As reported by Reuters, the purge is the result of strict licensing regulations being ushered in by Chinese authorities and enforced by Apple. 

The iPhone maker had initially given publishers operating in the region a mid-2020 deadline to obtain a government-issued license, allowing them to release and support games that use in-app purchases, before eventually extending that deadline to the end of December. 

It seems, however, that some companies failed to meet that deadline, resulting in what was reportedly the biggest single-day takedown of apps in the history of the platform. 

In total, 46,000 apps were affected including those 39,000 video games, with research company Qimai finding that only 74 of the top 1,500 paid titles on the App Store survived the purge.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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