Apple Informs Developers Simulated Gambling Apps Will Now be Rated 17+

Apple has informed the developers that starting today, apps that feature Frequent/Intense Simulated Gambling will be rated 17+ in all countries. The company said it wants to ensure that its “global age rating system continues to help make the App Store safe for kids.”

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At the same time, Apple has said that it has “worked with the government of the Republic of Korea” to make some apps with mature content to be available to users in the Republic of Korea aged 19 or over.

Developers will, however, need to enter a Rating Classification Number from the Game Rating and Administration Committee in App Store Connect to be able to offer such apps. “Apps with a number entered at this time will be published later this week. If you don’t have a Rating Classification Number, you can apply for one now,” notes Apple.

If your app meets at least one of the criteria below, you’ll be able to offer it on the App Store in the Republic of Korea to users 19 years of age or older.

  • Apps in the Casino subcategory with age rating 17+

  • Apps in the Games or Entertainment categories with Frequent/Intense selected for at least one of the following content descriptions: 

    • Simulated Gambling

    • Sexual Content or Nudity

    • Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or Reference

    • Realistic Violence

You can get more information about entering your Rating Classification Number here.