Apple tosses Civil War games showing the Confederate flag from the App Store

Apple tosses Civil War games showing the Confederate flag from the App Store
In the current environment where anything with a Confederate flag (including the flag itself) is being thrown off store shelves, Apple has removed all Civil War games that show the flag from the App Store. For example, all of the Civil War games developed by Hungry Cow, Ultimate General: Gettysburg and other titles are no longer available. Apple has released a terse statement that reads "We have removed apps from the App Store that use the Confederate flag in offensive or mean-spirited ways, which is in violation of our guidelines."

Reportedly, Apple has told HexWar Games that their games were pulled because they show the Confederate flag being used in violation of Apple's guidelines. But the Developer says that it only included the flag because of the historical context. HexWar hopes to have its games listed again in the App Store after replacing the traditional flag with a different and less-known 1861 version.
But not every developer plans on giving in to Apple in order to sell their game to iOS users. Game Labs, the developers of Ultimate General: Gettysburg, released a statement in which it said that the Confederate flag was used in its games for historical reasons. Unlike HexWar, Game Labs has decided not to make any changes to its games and will simply let them be removed by Apple. In a statement, the company does note that the original Gettysburg film from 1993 remains available from iTunes.

The backlash against the Confederate flag came after a racist shooting last week at a South Carolina church killed 9 people. The assailant, an avowed racist, had posted pictures of himself on Facebook holding the flag in various poses.

source: TouchArcade via AppleInsider
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