Apple on Thursday removed 39,000 games from its Chinese app store due to a deadline for game developers to obtain a license from the Chinese authorities.
That license was needed to allow users to make purchases in the app.
The deadline Apple had for developers to hand over a license from the government came to an end on Thursday. Originally that deadline was at the end of June, but it was extended. Many games were, therefore, unable to obtain a license and were consequently removed by Apple.
These would include the action game Assassin’s Creed: Identity and basketball game NBA 2K20. Market researcher Qimai says only 74 of the top 1,500 paid games made it through Apple’s purge.
Earlier this year, many games were also removed from Apple’s app store in China. The Android app store has long complied with the Chinese government’s requirements, which is increasingly strict about games. China is the world’s largest mobile games market.