Apple Removes Slitherine’s Afghanistan 11 From the App Store
Apple states they removed the politically accurate strategy game from their platform due to inappropriate political content
It’s difficult to avoid controversy in an ever-growing and extremely saturated video game market, but Apple are certainly making efforts to clean up their platform. The recent reduction from their lineup, Slitherine’s ‘’Afghanistan 11’’ was removed from the App Store due to it portraying ‘’people from a specific government or other real entity as the enemies’’. Ian McNeil of Slitherine tweeted his distaste and disagreement regarding Apple’s decision.
Apple have just pulled Afghanistan '11 from the app store because its got "people from a specific government or other real entity as the enemies". You mean like every realistic game ever.... and people wonder why we don't do iOS anymore. https://t.co/LQjUPUkWWr pic.twitter.com/m4YRNQXyoL— Iain McNeil (@Iain_Slitherine) December 5, 2018
While Apple’s accusation is factual – Afghanistan 11 does indeed portray political clashes between two real world modern countries, there’s a lot of grey area controversy in the air. Namely, most of Slitherine’s titles are historically accurate depictions of real world events, with gameplay that allows the player to both experience a bit of recent history as well as play within the realistic scenarios.
McNeil implied that he believes that the real life political controversy is part and parcel of ‘’realistic games’’, and is thus unavoidable. Regardless, as of yet Apple’s shown no inclination of reneging on their removal of the video game, however the game remains available on other platforms, such as PC through Steam.