Apple Rejects Syrian Civil War iOS Game


Despite being an innovative and interactive exploration of the ongoing civil war in Syria, Apple rejected the iOS game called Endgame: Syria, according to io9 (via The Verge).

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The reason behind Apple’s move is pretty obvious, and, interestingly, the game’s publisher was aware of this. The App Store guidelines forbid any app which “targets a specific race, culture, a real government or corporation, or any other real entity”. So, considering the app is about an ongoing civil war in Syria that already resulted in killing 60,000 people, according to United Nations’ data, the rejection was obvious.

Turns out being innovative in terms of how we inform the public (this is what the game’s publisher claims) isn’t enough, as Apple is renowned for stringently enforcing its guidelines. And, in this case, the app doesn’t meet the aforementioned guidelines, despite being informative and innovative.

According to The Verge, the publisher’s designer, Tomas Rawlings, said in a statement:

“I get that Apple want to make sure really offensive titles don’t pass into their store, but ours is far from that. In fact, the response to the game has been broadly positive, with much of the mainstream media picking up on the story.”


  • gtasscarlo

    This is fuckin disturbing. This war is un-necessary and has many people killed. The free syrian army has been killing random people just for fun. And now a game showing how people getting killed is made into a game. I guarantee if that game poster went to Syria, they would be scared of the random killing by the “FSA”

  • Ryan

    Why do you assume the game is just that? Lets turn an informative history book into a game, and see if it passes….

    For all we know the application in question could be a good eye opener and informative app to help open peoples eyes to what is going on. The fact it is a game is just to try and pull in more people. Those who wouldn’t normally be interested, may download it, and learn whats going on just by playing… those same people would never go and download plain documents to simply read about it.

    People need to know about whats going on in the world, why it’s going on, and what can be done to stop it. Otherwise it will just repeat itself.

  • gtasscarlo

    Then people can research and read about it. Would it be appropriate to have a game where I can kill Jewish people or Hitler. It’s not a game.