Apple bans game about the Syrian conflict from the App StoreJanuary 9, 2013 6 Email article | Print article
Apple sometimes gets a lot of flak for what they deem can and cannot be on their App Store. Sometimes it’s understandable and sometimes it’s just downright head-scratchingly baffling.The news of a game that deals with the current conflict in Syria getting banned might fall somewhere around the middle, I think.
Auroch Digital’s Endgame Syria was ”rejected by Apple’s approvals team for violating guidelines section 15.3″, which prohibits titles that are “solely target[ing] a specific race, culture, a real government or corporation, or any other real entity”. Kotaku notes that a historical game about World War II was also banned — for using flags.
While not allowing any form of political expression or commentary on your platform is understandable if you want to avoid any issues, which is probably why Apple does it in the first place, it’s a little disappointing that mature takes on current matters that are important and more importantly educational and enlightening to some people won’t be allowed to see the light of day either.
Where do you fall on this matter? Do you think Apple should allow these sorts of apps on their store? Or is Apple making the right move by just not having them at all?
Tell us what you think in the comments!