After recent events in Charleston, South Carolina where a shooting took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church killing nine people, there has been increased discussion and removal of anything relating to the Confederate Flag. This stemmed from the fact the shooter apparently saw the flag as a symbol of white supremacy as the South fought under the flag to keep slaves which they ultimately lost.
Apple has joined the group of companies pulling the Confederate Flag related items which includes Amazon, Walmart and even Warner who will no longer manufacture the General Lee with the flag on the roof.
Games which feature the flag have been removed regardless of context so even Civil War themed games like Ultimate General: Gettysburg and the Hunted Cow Civil War games have been pulled from the Apple Stores. Apple is informing developers affected with the message “…because it includes images of the confederate flag used in offensive and mean-spirited ways.”
Game Labs, the developers of Ultimate General: Gettysburg released a statement on Apple’s decision
We accept Apple’s decision and understand that this is a sensitive issue for the American Nation. We wanted our game to be the most accurate, historical, playable reference of the Battle of Gettysburg. All historical commanders, unit composition and weaponry, key geographical locations to the smallest streams or farms are recreated in our game’s battlefield.
We receive a lot of letters of gratitude from American teachers who use our game in history curriculum to let kids experience one of the most important battles in American history from the Commander’s perspective.
Spielberg’s “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.
Therefore we are not going to amend the game’s content and Ultimate General: Gettysburg will no longer be available on AppStore. We really hope that Apple’s decision will achieve the desired results. We can’t change history, but we can change the future.