Updated: Apple resets Game Center in advance of iOS 4.1 launch

Looks like Apple has just reset Game Center, their new social gaming network, and any developers testing the service on the Gold Master (GM) seed are now greeted with a "create new account" screen. Moreover, all existing Friends are gone, meaning if you intend to keep connected when iOS 4.1 goes live this week, you'll have to send and approve your friend requests all over again.

That is, if Apple doesn't reset it again before launch. But that's what development builds are for, right?

UPDATE: Apple has also confirmed compatibility for Game Center:

  • iPhone 4, iPod touch 4
  • iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3
  • iPod touch 2

Yup, no iPhone 3G listed.

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Updated: Apple resets Game Center in advance of iOS 4.1 launch


I don't know if Apple is doing this little by little but I'm running the 4.1 GM seed right now & my Game Center still loads just fine.

Mine was reset as well. Tommy mine didn't look reset but then I tried to do something and it made me redo my account.
Feel free to add me anyone: Mustang5Oh

Update I went to click on my friend's list & my account got resetted & I had to create a new username, it's now Tommy...feel free to add me!

I gurantee everyones who still works just opened the app and saw it was fine. As soon as you click on a tab or go to do something it will reset. I doubt Apple picked who to reset lol.

My account (registered months ago) is still active. And so are my 4 friends. I'm running iOS 4.1 beta 3 on an iPhone 4 :S

I wish we could chat with our friends through gamecenter? AKA a possible bbm? :)

Anyone using the old betas is connecting to a sandbox server, that has not been reset, and is seperate from the live one. don't believe me? go view account info, it says sandbox at top of screen.

I have many such similar apps but it's not the same. You need to tell others to get the app. OTH, one can assume everyone has a GC account and will just need their apple ID or whatever it is and it'll work globally.

guys...by publishing that you have access to game center, you are declaring that you are developers of iOS which i heard is a violation of SDK agreement...you better check those agreements