Technology group Apple has announced that social gambling apps on the App Store will carry a 17+ age restriction across all countries and regions.
The restriction will be effective from August 20th and is required for all simulated gaming apps, which provide games without any chance of real money wins. These games are lucrative for developers, as they offer a chance to take in real-money deposits without winning any actual prizes. This means that any app that fits the genre will have to go through a committee, which will be manually reviewed before they're accepted into the App Store.
Apple has been notoriously rough on gambling apps, as they want to try to avoid having underage gamblers use the apps to wager, while also avoiding gambling addiction. The company has been quick to comply with different regulations in different countries, and this latest move will no doubt help them stay in the good graces of regulators.