SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Apple Inc
The takedowns come amid a crackdown on unlicensed video games by Chinese language authorities.
Apple didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Earlier this yr Apple gave sport publishers an end-of-June deadline to submit a government-issued licence quantity enabling customers to make in-app purchases.
China’s Android app shops have lengthy complied with these rules. It’s not clear why Apple is imposing them strictly this yr.
The smartphone maker eliminated greater than 2,500 titles from its app retailer over the primary week of July. Video games affected by the sweep included titles from Zynga and Supercell, analysis agency SensorTower reported on the time.
The Chinese language authorities has lengthy sought to implement stricter rules on its gaming business to take away delicate content material.
The approval course of for video games trying to allow in-app purchases is lengthy and complex, hurting all however the largest sport builders, business insiders say.
“This impacts small- and mid-sized builders’ incomes probably the most, however because of the difficulties of buying a enterprise licence, it is devastating to the entire iOS sport business in China,” mentioned Todd Kuhn, advertising and marketing supervisor for AppIn China, a agency that helps abroad firms distribute their apps.
(Reporting by Josh Horwitz and Brenda Goh in Shanghai, and Pei Li in Hong Kong; Enhancing by Stephen Coates)