ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

Line halts 8 games under suspected strife with Apple

Power of platform operators under spotlight

Trouble with Apple's approval process appears to have led Line to stop certain game services. (Photo by Kaori Yuzawa)

TOKYO -- Japanese app developer Line has suspended service for smartphone games that can be played within its messaging app, in what appears to be a conflict with Apple over rules governing its digital distribution platform.

Line has stopped service for eight "Quick Game" titles last Thursday on Apple's iOS and Android, since it uses the same system for both platforms. These so-called browser games can be played in Line without downloading a separate app. After launching in September, these games already boast more than 3 million users with offerings from developers like Gree and Bandai.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more