Facebook Gaming comes to iOS without games to condemn Apple policies

Facebook Gaming comes to iOS without games to condemn Apple policies

Following the news that Google Stadia and Microsoft's Project xCloud were both barred from sale on the App Store due to Apple's outdated policies, Facebook Gaming has revealed the reasons behind its late arrival on Apple products.

"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", she said. Before they go on our store, all apps are reviewed against the same set of guidelines that are meant to protect customers and provide a fair and level playing field for developers.

Some had hoped that Microsoft's service would be coming to the Apple App Store, because it has operated a test version for several months - although with only one single game available.

"Gaming services can absolutely launch on the App Store as long as they follow the same set of guidelines applicable to all developers, including submitting games individually for review, and appearing in charts and search", said Apple.

'We are committed to finding a path to bring cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to the iOS platform'.

Facebook says it shared usage data with Apple from its Android Facebook Gaming app that showed 95 percent of activity involves watching streams, but it was unable to change Apple's stance on the matter.

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Apple's own video game subscription service, Apple Arcade, launched in September past year, and its approach to limiting competitors in this marketplace via App Store restrictions has been raised as an antitrust issue.

It said all the games in its library are rated by games' rating bodies - such as the American ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) - suggesting that Apple should not need to check each game again.

In a statement attributed to a Microsoft spokesperson, the company tells The Verge, "Apple stands alone as the only general objective platform to deny consumers from cloud gaming and game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass".

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Instant games proved to be a huge problem getting the app approved for Apple's App Store, which has strict rules prohibiting apps from distributing games from their own storefronts. Apple responded, pointing to the App Store policies in place, but many aren't happy with the response. While the company claims that it's committed to bringing the service to iOS devices, it now hasn't revealed any information about how it plans to circumvent Apple's stringent App Store policies.

A Shadow spokesperson told The Verge that it had originally found itself in a disagreement with Apple, and had to remove its "quick launch" feature that let users go straight into a game.

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