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Apple deems Palestinian dev's game "not appropriate" for the App Store

UPDATE: Apple relents - Liyla & the Shadows of War published under the App Store's Games category

Apple has asked a Palestinian developer to remove his game from the App Store's "Games" category on the basis of its political content.

Rasheed Abueideh received a notification from Apple that Liyla & the Shadows of War was "not appropriate" for classification as a game on the App Store. "It would be more appropriate to categorize your app in News or Reference, for example," the statement read, while also advising that Abueideh remove references to Liyla being a game from its marketing materials.

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Latest comments (13)

John Bye Lead Designer, Freejam5 years ago
This is ridiculous. The game itself is only a few minutes long, but it's still indisputably a game.

On the bright side, without this controversy I would have missed it entirely. So thanks, Apple.
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Daniel Trezub QA Analyst, Ludia5 years ago
Anyone can probably list hundreds of war games that have a statement attached to it. EVERY war game has one, but the point is so many of them are so engrained in our minds already (USA is the good guy, everyone else is the bad guy, for example) that anything different from that will be called out.
Sad...
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Charles Herold Wii Games Guide, about.com5 years ago
Imagine if Amazon insisted all political movies be listed not as films but as news. Apple clearly doesn't recognize games as an art form; they'd just as soon people stick with flappy bird clones.
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Thanks, Apple! Now the political statement you wanted to discourage is better known to everyone than it would have ever been had you just quietly accepted it! :)
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 5 years ago
How many people actually seen the game : https://youtu.be/BQpVmVmpbiQ
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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee5 years ago
Thanks to the rejection I just tried it on my Android. Interesting...
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Julian Cram Quality Analyst (Test), Wicked Witch Software5 years ago
So, clicker apps can be classed as games, but this can't?
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany5 years ago
Downloading. Now i'm curious.
Still personally disagree (and I find inconsistent) Apple's guidelines. But I can't deny their involuntary marketing value.
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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee5 years ago
It is a game if anyone wondered!
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany5 years ago
@Adam: Thanks. I was about to ask myself if "This war of Mine" was a game or not ;)
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Chris Payne Managing Director & Founder, Quantum Soup Studios5 years ago
Happy ending - Apple have relented and it's now on the App Store as a game:
https://itunes.apple.com/jo/app/liyla-and-the-shadows-of-war/id1100839270?mt=8

[EDIT: Oh, I missed the article update. As you were!]

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Chris Payne on 23rd May 2016 6:08pm

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Emily Rose Artist 5 years ago
It's literally the same mechanically as Limbo, a highly praised game. This was absurd. I'm glad Apple relented. hopefully this opens the doors to more diverse games.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Emily Rose on 24th May 2016 7:50am

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Bonnie Patterson Narrative Designer, Writer 5 years ago
Well done, Apple. You've managed to create a set of guidelines that says "Games have to be stupid". And then tell the developers to release fictional material as "News".

It's good that they relented on the reclassification of Liyla but they really, really need to fix those guidelines.
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