Apple removed 29,800 apps from its Chinese app store on Saturday, including more than 26,000 games, according to data from research firm Qimai.
The takedowns come amid a crackdown on unlicensed games by Chinese authorities. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Earlier this year, Apple gave game publishers an end-of-June deadline to submit a government-issued license number enabling users to make in-app purchases. China’s Android app stores have long complied with those regulations. It is not clear why Apple is enforcing them strictly this year.
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