Only betting applications legally licensed in China will be able to continue operating in the App Store. And at the moment, only two companies are licensed in the entire country.
This move is preceded by Apple’s recent decision to remove unlicensed gambling apps from the global App Store. As we saw, Apple has begun removing apps that have the Betting category automatically from the App Store if they are from independent developers and not from companies with a legal gaming license.
But in the case of China there is another factor to be taken into account, and that is that the local authorities are much more restrictive with the games of chance . Only two companies in the entire country have a gambling license, so only those two gambling apps have been spared from the purge. According to Apple:
This elimination of gambling apps seems to have begun after a considerable boom in SPAM that was circulating through iMessage a few weeks ago. This SPAM was redirecting illegal betting apps. Since the conversations in iMessages are encrypted, Apple has not been able to filter these messages, so it has cut off the root of the problem. The message the developers receive:
A clear-cut way to end the problem , made possible by controlling the entire ecosystem of apps and installations on the devices. Apple made a similar move some time ago by removing VPN apps from China’s App Store, in order to comply with the country’s laws.