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Apple removed over 26000 games from China app store

Apple Inc. It removed 29,800 apps from the Chinese App Store on Saturday, including more than 26,000 games, according to research firm Qimai data.

The removals come amid an attack against unlicensed games by the Chinese authorities.  Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Earlier this year, Apple gave game publishers a deadline in late June to provide a government-issued license number that allows users to make in-app purchases.

Android app stores in China have long complied with these regulations. It is unclear why Apple is strictly enforcing this year.

The smartphone maker removed more than 2,500 addresses from its app store during the first week of July. Research firm SensorTower reported at the time that games affected by the synagogues included Zynga and Supercell titles.

The Chinese government has always tried to implement stricter gaming industry regulations to remove sensitive content.

Industry experts say the game approval process that seeks to enable in-app purchases is long and complex and affects everyone except for the largest game developers.

Todd Cohen, Director of Marketing at AppInChina, is a company that helps foreign companies distribute their applications.