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gamban® will be removed from the App Store… for now.

In the very same week that Apple have been told they must do more to stop children being exposed to gambling online gamban® has been advised that the iOS application that blocks access to online gambling will be removed from the App Store – despite the fact many people have been using it since launch.

[10:00, 1/22/2018] Mavia Siddiqui: Jan 18, 2018 at 7:38 AM
From Apple
2. 5.1 – API Usage
Hello,

We are writing to let you know about new information regarding your app, gamban, version 1.0.0, currently live on the App Store.

Upon re-evaluation, we found that your app is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines. Specifically, we found:

Performance – 2.5.1
Your app uses a VPN profile to block content in a third-party app, which is not allowed on the App Store.

To resolve this issue, please remove this feature from your app.

To ensure there is no interruption of the availability of your app on the App Store, please submit an update within two weeks of the date of this message. If we do not receive an update within two weeks, your app may be removed from sale.

If you have any questions about this information, please reply to this message to let us know.

Best regards,

App Store Review

AND

Jan 11, 2018 at 11:37 PM
From Apple
2. 5 Performance: Software Requirements
Guideline 2.5.1 – Performance – Software Requirements

Your app uses a VPN profile or root certificate to block ads or other content in a third-party app, which is not allowed on the App Store.

Next Steps

To resolve this issue, please remove this feature from your app.

gamban® have faced challenge after challenge working with the iOS platform and are disappointed that there hasn’t been more support from Apple, given that the issue of children gambling online is something Apple are being forced to tackle.

So what happens next?

In the meantime, we’d like to suggest that anyone affected by gambling or wishing to block access to gambling may wish to opt for a non-Apple device until this issue is resolved.