Apple Cracks Down on Loophole Exploiting Apps on Chinese App Store

China has always been a tough nut to crack for a number of different tech companies, and a big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that there are a lot of regulations that China implements that can make it difficult for companies to gain access to consumers who might be interested in the products and services that they have to offer. Games have been one of the areas where Chinese consumers are often deprived due to the reason that Chinese regulations prevent a lot of games from being sold in the country as they require licensing and these licenses are very rarely provided.

Game developers such as Rockstar Games try to get around these regulations by taking advantage of a loophole that ends up allowing app versions of their games to be available without having to acquire a license, and for quite a long time these apps managed to find a pretty strong audience in the country. However, with all of that having been said and out of the way it is important to note that Chinese regulations have now been updated and the loophole has now been closed, which means that all of the game apps as well as a wide variety of other apps that took advantage of these loopholes are now no longer able to offer their apps in the country.

As a result of the fact that this is the case, Apple is now removing thousands of apps that had been taking advantage of this loophole. Apple is a bit of stickler for the rules unlike Google, and this means that having apps that don’t follow regulations on the app store is absolutely unacceptable. While Google follows local regulations on their own Play Store, it might be possible for Chinese consumers to download the games from third party sources and this could mean that Chinese users could start preferring Android phones instead which could spell trouble for Apple in what has turned out to be a pretty enormous market.



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