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Apple removes thousands of game applications from China store, says data from research firms

by the owl speaks

According to data from research firm Qimai, Apple Inc pulled 29,800 apps from its Chinese app store on Saturday including more than 26,000 games.

The takedowns come in the midst of a crackdown by Chinese authorities on unlicensed games.

Apple did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Apple gave game developers an end-of-June deadline earlier this year to request a license number provided by the government to enable users to make in-app purchases.

Android app stores in China have long complied to those regulations. It’s unclear why Apple is solely applying them this year.

The smartphone maker removed more than 2,500 titles from its app store over the first week of July. Games affected by the sweep included titles from Zynga and Supercell, research firm.

At the time SensorTower was reported. The Chinese government has long sought to enforce stricter regulations on its gaming industry to remove sensitive content. The approval process for games looking to allow in-app purchases is long and complicated, affecting all but the biggest game developers, industry insiders claim.

“This affects small- and mid-sized developers ` incomes the most, but due to the difficulties of obtaining a business license, it`s detrimental to the entire iOS game industry in China,” said Todd Kuhn, marketing manager for AppIn China, a company that helps overseas companies distribute their apps.

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