A game that explores the Syrian civil war, Endgame: Syria, has been rejected by Apple for distribution on its App Store. A press release from the game's developer reveals that Apple's App Store guidelines forbid games that "solely target a specific race, culture, a real government or corporation, or any other real entity."
"This decision is a shame really as it makes it hard to talk about the real world," said the game's designer, Tomas Rawlings. "We had hoped that Apple would be more nuanced in how they applied this rule...
Our aim is to use games as a format to bring news to a new audience and submission processes such as this do make it a lot harder for us. I get that Apple want to make sure really offensive titles don't pass into their store, but ours is far from that."
Rawlings says the game will be altered and re-submitted. Anyone who wants to play the uncensored version right now can do so for free right here.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen