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Gaza Strip iOS game isn't a game, says Apple

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Angel Collins
May 19, 2016 21:34
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Apple has rejected a game influenced by the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from the App Store, saying its political themes mean it is not a game.

Success requires solving puzzles and reacting to a quick-changing environment.

"Unfortunately Apple rejected the game as a game, they say its not game as it has a political statement," developer Rasheed Abueideh posted on Twitter.

Apple hasn't asked for the complete removal of Liyla, but suggested Abueidah instead re-categorises the game as 'News' or 'Reference'.

This is particularly problematic as, per Eurogamer, a game reflecting the 'other side' of the Gaza Strip dispute, Israeli Heroes, remains available on iOS devices.

Last year, in the wake of the Charleston church shootings that shocked America, it pulled all apps featuring the Confederate Flag, including strategy games that used the imagery in an accurate historical context.

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