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Why Does Apple Ban Political Games?

The Supreme Court thinks games are protected speech. But America's most powerful company doesn't.

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Apple told the game's creator, Simon Parkin, that Sweatshop HD made them "uncomfortable."

(Today, Apple allowed the publication of a censored version of the game called Endgame: Eurasia)

It's on the App Store here.

Also in 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that the law could not ban the sale of violent games to minors. The reason, according to Justice Antonin Scalia? "Like books, plays and movies, video games communicate ideas." Games are protected speech.


Here are some books and movies you can buy over iTunes:

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair

(It's about Americans working in meatpacking sweatshops).

The Syrian Rebellion, by Fouad Ajami

(It's about the Syrian rebellion).

Last Train Home

(It's a documentary about Chinese people who work in near-sweatshop conditions in garment factories).

Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Bernstein reports on and writes about the gaming industry and web culture.

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