Apple removes 39,000 games from China’s app store –

Apple on Thursday removed nearly 39,000 apps from its Chinese App Store because the apps lack an official license from local regulators, it reports.

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The report, which cites data from research firm Qimai, says that games affected by the sacrifice included the Ubisoft title Assassin’s Creed Identity and NBA 2K20. According to Qimai, only 74 of the top 1,500 paid games on China’s App Store survived the purge.

In addition to the 39,000 games, the report says that Apple also removed more than 46,000 total apps from its store.

In February, Apple gave app developers an initial deadline of June 30 to prove they had a license for their games, then extended the deadline to December 31. However, in July, the company froze updates for thousands of iOS mobile games that lack an official license, and in August it removed 30,000 apps for similar reasons.

In July, Apple reportedly warned developers about removing apps, if their apps don’t meet regulatory requirements. The removal of apps lacking official licenses is said to come from increasing government pressure on Apple to comply with local regulations that have been in place since 2016.

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