iOS game targeting Foxconn pulled from App Store

If there's one thing people thrive on, it's controversy. There are plenty of different ways to handle controversial issues, but games normally aren't the most common methods. Benjamin Poynter's In a Permanent Save State was an attempt to break that mould on iOS, but one which was removed less than an hour after it went live.

Poynter's app was meant to be a serious look at the lives led by employees at the Foxconn plants throughout China. You need only look at our most recent articles relating to Foxconn and you'll see that the news about the manufacturing giant is rarely, if ever, positive.

Poynter seems to have taken the removal of his app in his stride, calmly emailing The Verge and explaining the intention behind the game was more empathetic than it seemed. Apple has always pulled applications in violation of their guidelines; in the case of In a Permanent Save State, the most plausible violations are "objectionable content" and that it did "solely target a specific race, culture, a real government or corporation, or any other real entity".

Since finding the game might be difficult to do now, the easiest solution is to watch some footage from it. The best footage we can find is here, but there is also the Vimeo trailer.

Foxconn has been vilified in the past for its business practices, but it remains the biggest player in the electronics manufacturing plant. The company, fully identified as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd, has been in the business since 1974. Ethical violations are just one of the claims made about the company's business practices.

Foxconn's plants are most readily found in China, with thirteen plants across nine cities. The layout of their biggest plant, in Longhua, Shenzhen, has left it nicknamed "Foxconn City". It's a walled campus containing more than ten manufacturing plants, and seemingly employing hundreds of thousands of people.

The notoriety of suicides with Foxconn employees has been enough for an entire Wikipedia article devoted to the topic. The most high-profile example was Sun Danyong, who committed suicide in 2009 after losing an iPhone 4 prototype. He was 25 at the time.

With the controversial but possibly educational nature of Poynter's game it will be interesting to see what he does with it. It would be a shame to lose out on something like it after all his efforts in creating it.

Source: The Verge

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I believe this developer is trying to open the eyes of the world.. And got shut down for doing so.. Free speech? My ass..

Its a shame that money hungry corporations still get away with charging people 2 dollars a day or hour for working a full days work. Its a god damn shame.. This app was probably going to expose the truth to everyone.. See how money hungry people are, The app was posted live for only 1 hour before it got removed. Ha.

Don't worry, we will prevail in the end ****ers! You wont be able to hide behind closed doors for much longer..

Atari.2600 said,
I believe this developer is trying to open the eyes of the world.. And got shut down for doing so.. Free speech? My ass..

Its a shame that money hungry corporations still get away with charging people 2 dollars a day or hour for working a full days work. Its a god damn shame.. This app was probably going to expose the truth to everyone.. See how money hungry people are, The app was posted live for only 1 hour before it got removed. Ha.

Don't worry, we will prevail in the end ****ers! You wont be able to hide behind closed doors for much longer..

Free speech when you sign the Terms and Services? Haha, you oblige to their 'law' within a law then.

Also don't blame the companies for playing this 2bucks a day pay game. Its the governments allowing it. Even if Apple would pay more to Foxconn, those Foxconn employees aint going to see more money.

The game actually looks quite good and i like the graphics style. They've put quite a bit of effort in to this. it's a shame it got pulled because it makes crApple look bad.

It's a slow news day but this is very important when it comes to the App Store and pulling a game that makes Apple and Foxconn look bad.

Totalaero said,
It's really a slow news day when you report an app getting pulled from the app store.

I believe it's fair to say this is a little more than that... Lol

Totalaero said,
It's really a slow news day when you report an app getting pulled from the app store.

or a slow poster