Apple is tightening up its rules when it comes to cryptocurrencies – particularly crypto collectibles and games linked to the crypto industry.
In recent news, the leading smartphone seller and one of the most popular tech brands out there ordered Coinbase to remove a video game called ‘War Riders’ from its Coinbase Wallet iOS app. The reason for the removal is simple – Apple does not want to highlight any crypto collectible-related dApps that facilitate purchases of digital goods.
Meanwhile, War Riders is a game where players drive around an apocalyptic wasteland and build up armies of vehicles – which are represented by non-fungible tokens (known as NFTs) on a blockchain.
As one Coinbase staffer told Cartified, which is the company behind the game, via Discord:
“Quick heads up – we will be removing from the iOS version as we’re not able to highlight dapps that facilitate purchase of digital goods.”
This proves that Apple doesn’t like apps which sell NFTs – and War Riders was the only one listed within the wallet that sells these tokens.
Meanwhile, the famous decentralized application (dApp) for buying and breeding digital cats, CryptoKitties, is not even featured on the wallet’s iOS app – even though it remains active (along with War Riders) on the Android version of the Coinbase Wallet app.
To sum it up, Apple has long had a complicated relationship with crypto in its app store. After it removed Coinbase for a time early on – Apple also removed a game that allowed users to earn Bitcoin for playing.
Yet, the Apple Store Review Guidelines do not cite specific language that forbids NFTs precisely – but some experts say that Apple has already indicated that they are forbidden under its “In-App Purchase” rules.
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