Caixin
Caixin Global – Latest China News & Headlines

Home >

ABOUT US

CX Tech is Caixin Global's real-time tech news portal, featuring 24-hour news, short-form analysis, and roundups from business and tech media in China.

LATEST
Trending in China: The View from China on U.S. Presidential Election Debate Antics
Trending in China: Disneyland Shanghai Hotel Prices Rocket to Over $1,000 a Night
Chinese Bitcoin Mining Machine Maker Ebang Establishes Canadian Subsidiary
Trending in China: Team Effort VS Individualism - What is the Message Behind Box Office Smash Hit Volleyball Movie Leap?
Tencent Leads Over $100m Funding in Pet Clinic Operator New Ruipeng
Watch Out Alipay and WeChat, Trip.com Is Getting Into Online Payments
Search Engine Sogou Joins Exodus of Chinese Firms From Wall Street as Tencent Takes It Private
Huawei Showcases Smart Car Technologies at Beijing Auto Show
Trending in China: A David and Goliath Battle - Students Take on a Chinese Tech Giant and Win
Chinese Drug Manufacturer InventisBio Bags $147m Led by Hillhouse Capital
Profits of Weibo Soar Even as Revenue Falls
Chinese Electric Vehicle Startup Xpeng Receives Investment to Build Production Base in Guangzhou
Video Site Operator Mango Plans to Raise $660 Million to Expand Content Library
Chinese Biotech Firm Creative Biosciences Raises $88m From IDG, CDH, Others
Alibaba’s Ant Group Launches Blockchain-Based Platform to Streamline Cross-Border Trade
Trending in China: Mission Impossible? Young Environmental Hero Tries To Clean Up Tibet
Chinese Online Travel Agency Trip.com Sees Revenue Plummet As Covid-19 Fallout Lingers
Chinese Supply Chain Provider Xingyun Closes $200m in a Series C Round
Chinese EV Charging Operator Star Charge Nabs $125m Co-Led by Schneider, CICC
Trending in China: One of China’s Weirder Poverty Alleviation Programs Goes Viral with 100m Plus Views
Apple Takes Down Over 30,000 Apps from China Store Amid Government Crackdown

By Ding Yi / Aug 03, 2020 04:27 PM / Business & Tech

Apple kicked more than 30,000 apps off its Chinese App Store on Saturday, including over 26,600 games, possibly in response to a Chinese policy requiring paid games or games offering in-app purchases to obtain a government license before publication, according to statistics provided by research firm Qimai.

The crackdown puts an end to the previous practice of allowing developers to sell games on the Chinese App Store while they were awaiting government approval, as Chinese regulators tighten their grip on apps which they deem could be used to spread “sensitive” content and the government increases efforts to combat gaming addiction.

Early signs of Apple’s purge appeared in February, when the U.S. company asked developers to submit government licenses for their paid games and games with in-app purchases before June 30. In July, Apple extended the deadline to July 31, at which point developers would be banned from continuing to operate on the Chinese App Store if they failed to submit such licenses.

Some industry experts said that the rule, which has been enforced by China’s major Android app store since 2016, is expected to take a toll on small game developers, some of which could switch their revenue model to in-app advertising to steer clear of the approval process which is long and complex.

As of Saturday, about 179,000 games remained on the Chinese App Store, of which some 160,000 were free, according to Qimai.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Related: Huawei and Apple Shine in China’s Smartphone Market During Second Quarter


Share this article
Open WeChat and scan the QR code