App Store Removed 45000 Games Without license in China

Including some famous ones from Lilith, Ubisoft and NBA2K also got involved.

BloomGamR News, December 31st, on the last day of 2020, as of 10 am, Apple’s App Store once again removed more than 45,000 games without license, surpassing the number (more than 31,000)on August 1.

Screenshot from Qimai Data

In early December, Apple sent an email to developers saying that they were required to fill in the license number information and related supporting documents in the application information field of the App Store Connect game page before December 31st. Related games without license number will be removed from the App Store. In fact, in February and July of this year, Apple has issued similar notices, but the actual number of removals is less than this time.

Moreover, Game Daily found that, unlike the previous large-scale declines, there are still some well-known products in the industry that have been removed from the shelves. For example, “Mr. Pumpkin 2 Kowloon Walled City” released by Lilith, “My name is MT2 Classic” developed by the original team of “My name is MT2”, “Flowerr” developed by Chen Xinghan, and “Dark Chef King” developed by Coconut Island Games “etc..

Also, world-class IPs such as “NBA2K20” and “Assassin’s Creed: Identity” were also removed by Apple in the early morning of December 31.

Regardless of the number or the popularity of related games, for players and the industry, the Apple App Store’s cleanup of games without license numbers may have a greater impact than before.

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