Is Game Center capped at 500 friends?

Game Center limited to 500 friends?

Game Center, Apple's new live gaming network for iOS, seems to be capped at roughly 500 friends per account. A few days ago, after reaching 501, my account stopped receiving new friend requests. I didn't notice at first since I'd turned off popups and trumpets, and assumed it would slow down after the initial iOS 4.1 launch rush.

Then I saw this tweet from MuscleNerd:

So much for my not-so-secret plan to break GameCenter! They're capping my friend count at around 500 (as soon as I delete 1, I get 1 new request)

I tested this out and experienced the same thing. And since it seems like they're not just capping friends but friend requests at 500, if you get an addition 100 requests, you'll never see them. If you remove one, you get just 1 more request, so you can't even see the others and choose the one who may be your best gaming buddy ever.

This likely won't affect day to day use for most people but it's something to keep in mind. I'm curious as to what happens when you get a 502, 503, etc. friend request though. Do they just think you're ignoring them? Are they told your Game box is full?

If Steve Jobs signed up tomorrow, Apple has to know he'd get more than 500 friend requests so hopefully this is a temporary limitation and it will be given the ability to scale pronto.

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Is Game Center capped at 500 friends?


I guessing it's just a temporary thing because of the push notifications coming in constantly for some people it's hopefully just to allow time for requests to slow down!

Gamecenter is definitely making popup notifications unbearable. Hopefully iOS 5 will give us something more elegant and less annoying.

I'm gonna mark this under "Who the F Cares!!" Really, if you have enough time on your hands to play games with 500 friends, you really need to get a life.

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@Bart Well some people like me actually need unlimited friends, im hosting my ultimate character on youtube for gunbros and they need my gamecenter to add me, and i got 500 freinds and i cant add any more.

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Still capped on 500 friends in Game Center in 2013. In IOS7 I can see all the friend requests in the notication centre even being at 500! If your playing Real Racing 3 you want to let in future racing buddies and delete others who do not play RR3.