Google has removed a pro-Hong Kong protestor game The revolution of our time from the Play Store, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. It is the newest Hong Kong-related app to be retrieved after Apple has used a crowdsourced mapping app used by demonstrators and the Quartz news app.
While the game has been deleted, a cached version of the Play Store page is still available on Google Search (at least for the time being). As a real game, there doesn't seem to be too much outside of a basic text based on the story & # 39; Choose Your Own Adventure & # 39; that tells the story of a demonstrator.
Released in a statement The Wall Street Journal, a Google spokesperson explained that the app has been removed due to a Play Store policy that prohibits "capitalizing on sensitive events, such as trying to make money from serious ongoing conflicts or tragedies through a game." app purchases ranging in costs from $ 0.99 to $ 14.99, according to the ruined Play Store page. Before the app was removed, it was downloaded more than 1000 times according to Google's Play Store counter.
Unlike the recent App Store bans from HKmap.live (a crowdsourced mapping app used by protesters during the ongoing protests in the city) and the Quartz news app, Google & # 39; s removal feels more in line with the regular enforcement of the app store, although the rule disappears a lot of room for interpretation. For example, who decides what counts as & # 39; benefit from sensitive events & # 39 ;?
As the events in Hong Kong continue to progress, with more and more companies in the conflict, more eyes will be focused on Apple and Google, while the two technology companies continue to decide which apps may or may not remain in their stores.