Apple has de-listed all apps that feature the Confederate battle flag from their iOS App Store. This includes Civil War strategy games. According to reports given to TouchArcade from developers, Apple removed their games because they “include images of the Confederate flag used in offensive and mean-spirited ways.” The reasoning given to devs seems to indicate that someone at Apple just purged everything with the offending symbol. Game Labs, the developers of Ultimate General: Gettysburg, have decided not to amend their game for resubmission.
Spielbergs “Schindler’s List” did not try to amend his movie to look more comfortable. The historical “Gettysburg” movie (1993) is still on iTunes. We believe that all historical art forms: books, movies, or games such as ours, help to learn and understand history, depicting events as they were. True stories are more important to us than money.
While the debate over the meaning and appropriateness of The Southern Cross rages in the aftermath of the tragic Charleston shooting spree, it seems the iconography of the Confederacy is destined for removal from retail storefronts. Unfortunately for us, this may mean that games set in the Civil War will have to adapt or face sales without the benefit of the biggest distribution partners.
UPDATE: Representatives from Apple told TechCrunch that they are working with app makers to reinstate their products if the Confederate imagery is used for “educational or historical” reasons. How that determination is being made is unclear.