Apple is booting thousands of video game apps from its platform in China as the government clamps down harder on such content, “illustrating the tech giant’s vulnerability to state pressure on its business,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
Apple warned Chinese developers that a new wave of paid gaming apps are at risk of removal from its app store, according to a memo viewed by The Wall Street Journal, after the company removed thousands of such apps earlier this year.
Four years ago the Chinese government four years ago began requiring videogames to be licensed before being released, but developers were able to skirt the requirement in the App Store. The Wall Street Journal says Apple hasn’t said why the loophole existed or why the company began closing it this year.
The tech giant has been criticized on a regular basis for kowtowing to China in order to increase sales in the country.