Endgame: Syria, an iOS game that explores the Syrian civil war, has been rejected by Apple due to App Store guidelines forbidding games that “solely target a specific race, culture, a real government or corporation, or any other real entity”.
According to Apple, Endgame Syria, which explores a real news event and aims to show users the range of factions and peoples involved in the situation, fell into this category and so was justifiably rejected.
“This decision is a shame really as it makes it hard to talk about the real world. We had hoped that Apple would be more nuanced in how they applied this rule but we got a bit worried when it had been in submission for around two weeks without a decision – we then figured that because of the controversy of using the gaming medium to cover an ongoing war meant passing the game had become an issue for them,” said game designer Tomas Rawlings.
“Our aim is to use games as a format to bring news to a new audience and submission processes such as this do make it a lot harder for us. I get that Apple want to make sure really offensive titles don’t pass into their store, but ours is far from that,” he added. “In fact the response to the game has been broadly positive with much of the mainstream media picking up on the story.”
Rawlings isn’t giving on his game though. He assured fans that he will be making changes to the game and re-submitting it, but acknowledged that he’ll have to strip “some of the meaning and context from it” in order to pass Apple’s submission process. Although accepting of that fact, he also admitted that it “is not idea.”
With that being said, the game can still be played on iOS devices due to the fact that it runs as an HTML5 application. Because of that, it does not need to be installed on your iPhone or iPad. If you’re interested int he game, you can play it here.