Apple pulls "Sweatshop" game from the App Store

Apple pulls "Sweatshop" game from the App Store
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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