It seems Apple has gone to war with the gaming industry as it recently refused to allow game streaming services from Microsoft, Google and Facebook to be released on its app stores. Microsoft’s Game Pass, Google’s Stadia, and Facebook’s Gaming apps are all facing major difficulties in launching their apps on ios devices due to Apple app store review policies.
Apple is quite infamous for its app store policies but this move takes it to a whole another level. However, this decision may cost Apple dearly as these apps are the future of the gaming industry. Not being able to play the best games that console and PC can offer on your iPhone while you watch your friend play them on his android phone can be a bit excruciating for many iPhone users.
The reason for all this is that these companies won’t submit each game for review that’s why Apple is blocking apps that provide access to these games. In their defense Apple’s has quite the strict reviewing policy which can take quite a while if considering the amount of games present on these platforms.
It seems in order to get published Facebook Gaming was forced to remove one of its two major components, that is a library of playable mobile games. But in the end they were not happy with the outcome from this situation.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg even shared quite some harsh comments on the matter with Business Insider.
“Unfortunately, we had to remove gameplay functionality entirely in order to get Apple’s approval on the standalone Facebook Gaming app — meaning iOS users have an inferior experience to those using Android,” Sandberg said in a statement. “We’re staying focused on building communities for the more than 380 million people who play games on Facebook every month — whether Apple allows it in a standalone app or not.”
Microsoft too had a similar stance on the matter as told by a Company spokesperson.
“Unfortunately, we do not have a path to bring our vision of cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to gamers on iOS via the Apple App Store”. He further added, “Apple stands alone as the only general purpose platform to deny consumers from cloud gaming and game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass. And it consistently treats gaming apps differently, applying more lenient rules to non-gaming apps even when they include interactive content.”
It is quite clear that Apple’s app store policy is quite discriminatory when it comes to gaming apps as it doesn’t have the same review policy for non-gaming streaming apps like Netflix, Hotstar or Disney Plus. Nevertheless, it is quite unfortunate for iPhone users cause it is highly unlikely that these apps will ever be available on the app store.
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