Apple to Remove Dice and Educational Games Subcategories, Catalogs Category From App Store

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Apple today informed developers that as of now, the Dice subcategory in the Games section of iTunes Connect has been eliminated, with Apple planning to remove the Dice section from the App Store in the near future.

Developers who have apps in the Dice subcategory have received the email. Apple says that developers don't need to take any action, but can change their app's subcategory if desired.

Starting today, the Dice subcategory under Games will no longer be available for selection in iTunes Connect and will be removed from the App Store in the future. You are receiving this email because you have one or more apps in this subcategory.

While no action is required since subcategory selection is optional, you can change your app's subcategory during your next update as described in View and edit app information, or change it now if your app has an editable app status.

Apple did not explain why it has opted to remove the Dice category from the App Store, but it's likely not a highly popular category and its elimination allows for better streamlining of the available sections in the App Store.


Dice games can be rolled into a wide range of other categories. Game categories in the revamped App Store in iOS 11 include Action, Adventure, AR, Arcade, Board, Card, Casino, Family, Indie, Kids, Music, Puzzle, Racing, Role Playing, Simulation, Sports, Strategy, Trivia, and Word.

Update: Apple is also removing the Educational Games subcategory and the Catalogs category from the Apps section of the App Store.

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40 months ago
Okay I’ll be the one to say it: no dice
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40 months ago
Ok I got one: this is going to be dicey news for some devs out there!
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40 months ago
Remove the App Store next?
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40 months ago
No more Catalogue and edu games category?

I think this is a poor move, if anything we need MORE ways to filter and discover.

The App Store is getting worse and worse by the years.

I stopped dreaming of tags and filtering by API usage (e.g. show me all Wallet API apps in whatever category I am. Kinda tired of going into the promotional category for Wallet and finding 95% airline apps only)

Glassed Silver:ios
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40 months ago
This really breaks my heart
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40 months ago
No dice category? Craps!
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