Soon after the crypto collectible game War Riders was featured on the Coinbase Wallet iOS app, Apple ordered Coinbase to remove it from their iOS Wallet’s listing.
War Riders is a next generation, post-apocalyptic MMO strategy game of crypto mining and blowing up cars. The game revolutionizes blockchain asset trading by introducing the first ever, in-game item marketplace truly owned by its users. The goal is to build your own customized war vehicle for the purpose of mining Benzene (BZN), and decimating your enemies. There are 2 ways for players to earn BZN: the first is by driving through waypoints, and the second is raiding other players and stealing their coins.
On Monday, Coinbase enabled native hosting of the dapp’s NFTs on its app. That day, War Riders got native support for its NFT (non-fungible token) on Coinbase, which means that the game can be found not only by name, but also by purchasing NFTs, and the purchase will be shown in the wallet.
On Tuesday, Vlad Kartashov, CEO of Cartified, the company behind the game, said that War Riders was no longer showing up as “featured dapp” within the Coinbase Wallet at all. He said:
“I’m not sure what’s exactly bad with people wanting to play games.”
There is no any specific rule in Apple’s app store that prohibits non-fungible tokens, however, the decision towards cryptocurrency and NFTs are often against them. For example, Coinbase was once removed from the App Store, as well as Trust Wallet. Viktor Radchenko, the CEO of Trust Wallet, said:
“Apple is not happy with digital goods. They told us to remove all digital good dapps or Trust Wallet would be remove from the App Store within two weeks.”
“Experience with Apple is just terrible. No communication from there on how to work with NFT’s or even with cryptocurrencies.”
A Coinbase spokesperson said:
“Quick heads up – we will be removing from the iOS version as we’re not able to highlight dapps that facilitate purchase of digital goods.”
Apple is famous for being not very friendly to cryptocurrencies, and it is not the first time that Apple has halted cryptocurrency transactions on Coinbase. It also removed SaruTobi, a game that allows players to collect Bitcoin. However, one of Apple co-founders Steve Wozniak is a Bitcoin evangelist who has remained much vocal about his fascination with the world’s largest currency. Recently, Wozniak became a part of crypto startup Equi Capital. Wozniak said that this would be for the very time he will be working with a blockchain-focused firm and also added that he “was amazed at the technology behind [cryptocurrency].”