Apple pulls "Sweatshop" game from the App Store

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We're not exactly sure why Apple would do something like this. It would seem that the last thing the company would want would be to have its name in headlines with the word "sweatshop", given the issues it been dealing with in China. But, news has broken that Apple pulled a socially-aware game called Sweatshop HD from the App Store about a month ago.

It seems as though Apple simply doesn't like when people "critically reflect" on the origins of consumer goods. In 2011, Apple banned Phone Story which was a socially-aware game intended to make people face the business practices used in Africa in order to mine materials that are used in cell phones. This is essentially the same thing happening now. Sweatshop HD is a game which intended to make people critically reflect on the business practices behind the manufacture of clothing. 

In the game, you were given the option to hire child labor, and you had to constantly deal with like fires, worker fatigue, and horrifying injuries, while managing your sweatshop. The game was verified for realism by Labour Behind The Label, a UK-based charity that raises awareness about sweatshops. The developer was told that Apple was "uncomfortable selling a game based around the theme of running a sweatshop".

There is still a web based version of the game, if you'd like to try it out and see the game that Apple banned. 

source: Polygon via ReadWriteWeb

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9 Comments

1. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

interesting approach

2. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Why aren't they banning Cooking Mama? It was one of the first physical labor games on iOS. Hell, that b*tch was making me cook stuff I didn't want to. I don't want to put no damn scallions in my omelette. Why not FPS games? They're quite graphic and shows violence.

3. DarkShadow

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

it about time thier to pull this trash ,And why so long hummm

6. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Hipocrisy explained, or trying to saving face?

7. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

This main goal of this game is to develop management level slave labor executives.

8. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Looks like what really goes down at Foxconn. Probably why Apple pulled it. Its so sad what happens at that place.

9. ANANDALTER

Posts: 124; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

i hate that old video games music

10. Aeires unregistered

Bigger question is why was it allowed to begin with? Their approval process is supposed to be near perfect, some say. Appears it's not.

11. ZeroCide

Posts: 812; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

This was pulled cuz it hits to close to home.

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