Thursday April 06, 2017

Microsoft Bans Game Emulators from the Windows Store

The joke is on Microsoft, since nobody uses the Windows Store enough to realize it even carries game emulators, but these apps are now officially banned after a policy update. The first casualty appears to be NESBox, but it can just be easily downloaded from the web.

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The change to the store policies was picked up by NeoGAF, and it’s already affected emulator NESBox. This particular emulator was removed from the Xbox Store last year, and is now entirely unavailable on any of the Microsoft-operated store. It’s unclear why Microsoft chose to do this now, though the upcoming release of the Creators Update could have something to do with the timing. The Creators Update aims to further unify the Windows and Xbox Stores, simplifying the process of publishing apps.