The Chinese app store melted in 2020, and Apple withdrew at least 94,000 games. The manufacturer acted at the request of the local authorities. In comparison: last year around 25,000 games disappeared.
According to the Wall Street Journal, most of the 94,000 games withdrawn from the China App Store are paid games. Apple even warned some developers that other titles would be phasing out soon, still on demand from China.
Why this withdrawal of games from the Chinese App Store? Because China demands that game developers get the green light for it. Almost no developer has an agreement. However, everyone has decided to offer the games in the Chinese App Store. China decided to act and asked Apple to clean it up.
Sensor Tower estimates that China’s gaming revenue grew 14% to $ 13 billion by November 2020. By comparison, China saw a 21% increase over the same period in 2019 and the world a 26% increase this year.
By the way, what about Android? Google is prohibited from offering the Play Store (the equivalent of the App Store) in China. The group is therefore not directly affected by the withdrawal of the games.