Apple did not enforce license rules of NBA2king app developers that wanted their products to be accessible in China. Apple sent out notices to developers after four years of breaking licensing rules. They were given until June 30th, 2020 to apply for a license or they would be taken off the app store.
Tens of thousands of developers chose not to receive a license from Chinese government. These developers instead agreed to let Apple take their products out of the reach of Chinese players. Reuters says that only 74 out of 1,500 games that were top-selling were given an China license that's less than the 5% of compliance.
It wasn't only independent developers who decided not to obtain the license, also. Certain of the games were also removed from the Apple app store by big developers such as Take-Two or Ubisoft.
If you're in China, NBA 2k or Assassin's Creed Identity cannot be downloaded from Apple's app store. Prior to the December 31 app purge, an additional 94,000 applications had been removed from the store's app store, bringing the total loss in 2020 to 140,000 apps.
From January to November, Apple's gaming revenues from China was $13 billion. It's an increase of 14% compared to the revenues from the year prior. The removal of Cheap NBA 2K22 MT PS4 apps from the store is anticipated to affect the revenue of Apple in 2019. It's not known which developers will obtain a license that allows their games to be released into the Chinese market.