Apple on Thursday removed nearly 39,000 apps from their Chinese App Store due to the apps not having an official license from local regulators, it reports Reuters.
The report, which cites data from research firm Qimai, says games affected by the elimination include the Ubisoft title Assassin’s Creed Identity and NBA 2K20. According to Qimai, only 74 of the top 1,500 paid games in the China App Store survived the cleanup.
In addition to the 39,000 games, the report states that Apple also removed more than 46,000 apps in total from its store.
Apple gave app developers an initial deadline of June 30 in February to prove they had a license for their games, and later extended the deadline to December 31. in August 30,000 programs were removed for similar reasons.
Apple reportedly warned developers in July to remove applications if their applications did not meet regulatory requirements. The removal of programs that do not have official licenses is apparently due to increasing pressure from the government on Apple to comply with local regulations that have been in place since 2016.
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