Apple removes civil war games from App Store, joins confederate flag boycott

REUTERS
CUPERTINO, CA
Published 25.06.2015 22:43

Apple Inc joins U.S. giants like Amazon and Walmart as a reaction to recent events and officially removed civil war games featuring Confederate flags from its App Store on Thursday.

The flags and other symbols of the Confederacy have been at the center of debate since a 21-year-old gunman, accused of killing nine black worshippers in last week's South Carolina church shooting, posed with the flag in photos posted online.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday called on lawmakers to take down the Confederate battle flag at the state capitol grounds.

Retailers such as Walmart Stores Inc and Sears Holdings Corp have stopped selling the flag.

"Apple has removed our game from App Store because of usage of the Confederate Flag," Game-Labs, developer of 'Ultimate General: Gettysburg' said.

To maintain historical accuracy, the company will not remove the flag from the game so that it can be accepted back, Game-Labs said.

Hunted Cow confirmed that 'Civil War 1862', 'Civil War 1863', 'Civil War 1864' and 'Civil War Gettysburg' were removed from the App Store.

"They (games) will be resubmitted with an earlier confederate flag," a Hunted Cow spokesperson told Reuters.

Apple was not immediately available for comment.

Google Inc, Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc on Tuesday also pulled Confederate flag merchandise from their shopping sites.

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