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App Store revamp limits simulated gambling to users aged 17+

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An email has been sent by Apple to the developers and advised two changes to the age system in the App Store. The basic change is affiliated to apps with “Simulated Gambling.” Simulated gambling apps are now rated 17+ in all countries, while in the Republic of Korea, the apps with mature content will be available only to those who aged 19 or over.

Adduced as an attempt to “certifying our global age rating system continues to help make the App Store safe for kids,” Apple’s email states apps featuring “Frequent/Intense Simulated Gambling” will be rated 17+ in all countries and regions starting August 20, 2019.” The change out-turns many different apps that provide a gambling experience without real-money wagers, such as poker games and slot machine apps that use a virtual currency.

Apple affirms it has “worked with the government of the Republic of Korea” to make more App Store apps available in the market, “in an effort to open up additional opportunities for developers.” Under the change, a selection of apps meeting one of a list of criteria can offer their apps within the App Store to users aged 19 or over.

Affected apps require a Rating Classification Number from the Game Rating and Administration Committee in App Store Connect from August 20 to be available for purchase in the market

The affected apps include those within the Casino subcategory with an age rating of 17+, as well as apps in the Games or Entertainment categories with “Frequent/Intense” selected for at least one of “Simulated Gambling,” “Sexual Content or Nudity,” “Realistic Violence,” or “Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or Reference” within App Store Connect.

Source: https://europeangaming.eu/portal/latest-news/2019/08/22/52780/app-store-increases-the-age-limit-for-simulated-gambling/

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