Apple updates age criteria for gambling apps

Anne Freier

In App Business. August 26, 2019

Apple last week confirmed that apps which feature “frequent/intense simulated gambling” will be rated 17+ across all regions as of August 20th 2019.

Developers received an email to alert them of the changes.

In addition, the company announced the gambling apps meeting certain criteria would be available to users aged 19+ in South Korea.

“If your app meets at least one of the criteria below, you’ll be able to offer it on the App Store in the Republic of Korea to users 19 years of age or older. You’ll need to enter a Rating Classification Number from the Game Rating and Administration Committee in App Store Connect, and can do so starting August 20. Apps with a number entered at this time will be published later this week. If you don’t have a Rating Classification Number, you can apply for one now,” Apple wrote in the email.

Apps that fall within the “frequent/intense simulated gambling” category include casino apps, those containing simulated gambling, sexual content or nudity, alcohol, tobacco, drug use or references thereto, and realistic violence apps.

Developers will need to sign in to the App Store Connect and enter the relevant Rating Classification Number under the Availability section in app info. Apps are then reviewed for content.