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Apple Deletes 47,000 Games From Chinese App Store

Sam Arnold



Apple Deletes 47,000 Games From Chinese App Store

The US and China’s ongoing tensions have put both countries’ businesses at risk. The Huawei blacklist threatens to stop Huawei’s production of smartphones. Also, the TikTok ban could drive its millions of subscribers away. On the other hand, Apple’s China operations might be in trouble, too. 

Apple’s Chinese App Store

In a report from The Verge, Apple has removed 47,000 games from the Chinese App Store. The story guesses that the Chinese government is “closing loopholes,” which Apple had exploited in recent years. First reported in AppinChina, Apple’s removal of 47,000 games could spell trouble for its China operations.

Apple had also changed its policy. Now the company has deleted games from the App Store without Chinese approval. Before, companies could sell unapproved apps on the Store. After this policy change, Apple removed around 20,000 games from the Chinese App Store. 

Apple’s Relations with China

In April 2016, the Chinese government had also forced Apple to close down its Chinese iBookstore and iTunes Movies. The stores had opened just six months prior. As China pushes back against the US, Apple could lose money.

Before they can operate in China, foreign companies must partner with Chinese-owned and Chinese-operated firms. However, Apple manages the App Store by itself. China had also exempted Apple from sharing the iOS source code. But, Apple’s situation in China might change in the coming months. 

US vs. China

US President Donald Trump had issued executive orders banning TikTok and WeChat in the US. Chinese companies ByteDance and Tencent own the apps, respectively. Another order told ByteDance to sell to a US company.

Arnold is a senior British tech reporter at Tekrati. Before joining Tekrati, Arnold worked as an editor for his University Newspaper, writing sharable content for a student audience. Sam loves movies, running, and anything written by Oliver Sacks. The drink he chose is tea, which he does not recommend in large quantities.

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