Leading mobile company Apple Inc. has filed a lawsuit against China, removing 39,000 game apps from its China Play Store. This is the first time that Apple has removed such a large number of apps in a single day. It set a December 31 license deadline for all game publishers. The move is aimed at banning unlicensed games by Chinese authorities.
Apple has so far removed more than 46,000 apps from its store. The removed games also include Ubisoft and NBA 2K20, according to research firm Kimai.
As a result of the move, only 74 of the 1,500 highest-paying games on the Apple Store are left. Apple later extended the deadline to December 31.