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Apple removes Game Boy emulator app over copyright concerns

Post Time:2024-05-07 Source:europa.eu Author: Views:

Apple's recent decision to remove the iGBA app from its App Store has caused a sensation in the gaming community. The app, developed as a Game Boy emulator, was removed due to copyright issues and spam violations.

Launched on 14 April, iGBA arrived on the scene as an ad-supported replica of the open-source GBA4iOS project, which allowed users to enjoy classic Game Boy games on their iOS devices. Both iGBA and GBA4iOS allow you to download ROMs, which are like digital copies of the game cartridges you used to put in your Game Boy meaning that you can play those classic games on your phone.

While the application was met with enthusiasm, it was removed quickly from the App Store by Apple for violating its copyright policy. Apple's policy clearly states that apps can only include content created by the developer or for which the developer has a valid licence. Failure to comply with this policy can result in the app being removed from the store. In the case of IGBA, which was released without the permission of the developer of the open source emulator GBA4iOS, Riley Testut, Apple had no choice but to remove the app as it was in direct violation of this policy by using content without permission.

It's worth noting that the removal of the iGBA emulator comes at a time when the tech giant is under increasing pressure to take a more open stance on its digital store, particularly in light of the regulatory changes brought about by the EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA). While Apple has recently hinted at greater flexibility towards retro gaming emulators, the fate of iGBA serves as a reminder of Apple's commitment to enforcing its App Store policies.