Apple no longer wants to get involved in a conflict with China. Consequently, the company pulled a controversial Chinese game from their App Store on Wednesday afternoon, says CNET News.
The game called Defend the Diaoyu Islands was quietly removed by Apple from their online store. The company did not release any statement to explain their decision, but those who have been playing the game noticed its disappearance.
The fact that the game was inspired by a real-life conflict between the Japanese and the Chinese government might have led to its withdrawal. The two nations have been arguing over the possession of the real Diaoyu Islands for a long time. In the game, players were supposed to defend the said location against the Japanese soldiers who were trying to conquer it. The latter are dressed in ninja and sumo costumes and they wear Japanese flags which make it easier to distinguish their nationality.
Shenzhen ZQGame Network Co., the company that developed the game was not available for comments. China Daily, however, claims it is obvious that game developers got their inspiration from the situation of the islands. The 87-mile stretch of land is situated between Taiwan and Okinawa. Given these circumstances, both Japan and China claim the land belongs to them and they are entitled to do whatever they want with it. The underwater natural gas and oil fields give more reasons for the two countries to continue the conflict.
Apple has recently put an end to a legal dispute with the Chinese company called Proview Technology claiming that the iPad trademark belongs to them. The smartphone maker agreed to pay $60 million for the settlement of the issue because the Chinese market is an important segment for Apple. The fact that the American company doesn’t want to offend its Asian customers may also be inferred from the fact that they removed the offensive game from App Store.
Several analysts including Sun Megzi have a different opinion. According to them, the game was violating the Apple’s terms of service and they were forced to remove it. The rules of the company prohibit developers to create games where the “enemies” target a specific race, culture or government.