Last week, Apple got itself into some hot water with indie developer supporters and gamers in general as it had told a Palestinian developer that his indie adventure game was not a game, and should be classified under a different category. Therefore blocking the iOS release of the game.
The thing that made the issue a controversial topic amongst gamers is that another game ‘Israeli Heroes’ – a vastly politically incorrect game that sees you playing as an Israeli missile – was granted certification and became readily available on the iOS store without any issues from Apple. Yet, this title from Palestinian developer Rasheed Abueideh – Liyla & The Shadows of War – which is a dark political take on a young girl living in the wartorn Gaza Strip, was declined by Apple for the (frankly stupid, and incorrect) reason that the game, isn’t actually a game. Also the fact that Google have allowed the game onto the Google Play store doesn’t paint Apple in a good light!
It was, and still is, unclear if Apple objected to the potential political nature of the game or had actually played it and found it not enough of a game to meet its standards. But, thankfully, although only after the case became public, Apple has done a U-Turn and has listed the title as an adventure game on its iOS store. Which it is.