A Serious Game about Sweatshop Conditions
UK based Pocket Gamer recently released an article on the removal of a sweatshop management game by Littleloud from the Apple App Store: “Sweatshop HD is the Latest Victim in Apple’s War on Serious Games“.
It would appear that the concept of a sweatshop game makes Apple uneasy. But that’s the point isn’t it? To realize that human rights and ecological abuses are present in products on the market – and these items are widely purchased anyhow? That’s what’s really unnerving.
The Objection: The Format or Subject Matter?
So what’s the problem? Seeing how and why sweatshops are in existence, or having it shown in a game format?
My own high school Entrepreneurship class utilized a game-like platform to measure our prowess at running a business. In the game you manage a grocery store- but hours of operation, number of employees, and discounts are amongst the variables you are permitted to experiment with. Workplace safety, healthcare, or wages are not even discussed as variables. But as most anyone realizes about economics and manufacturing – all of these are gears that keep the whole machine in motion.
Littleloud’s app sought to expose all the variables that go into creating sweatshop conditions. They reveal how these conditions are controlled by owners and management. They show that to prevent such conditions from occuring they could refuse to play by sweatshop rules.
Sweatshop Reality is What’s Objectionable
It has been noted that the reason sited for pulling the app was for App Store clause 16.1 – “Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected.”
Further reading in Apple’s Terms and Conditions with excerpt:
You understand that by using the App and Book Services, you may encounter material that you may deem to be offensive, indecent, or objectionable, and that such content may or may not be identified as having explicit material. Nevertheless, you agree to use the App and Book Services at your sole risk and Apple shall have no liability to you for material that may be found to be offensive, indecent, or objectionable. App and Book Product types and descriptions are provided for convenience, and you agree that Apple does not guarantee their accuracy.
Find the full article in Pocket Gamer’s iPad News on the removal of the Sweatshop HD game app from the Apple Store this year.
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