What you need to know
- Facebook Gaming is finally coming to iOS.
- But there's a huge catch.
- Facebook has had to remove all games from the app in order to get it onto the App Store.
Facebook has finally confirmed that its Facebook Gaming app is coming to iOS this Friday, but it's only been possible because of a huge compromise. The app has been rejected half a dozen times by Apple due to guidelines which state prevent gaming apps distributing games on the App Store.
The company confirmed the move to iMore today after months of back and forth with Apple over the issue.
So how has Facebook got around the App Store rules? By entirely removing playable games from the app. According to Facebook, users will still be able to watch and create live streams, as well as interact with communities. In a statement, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said:
She further commented that Facebook would keep building communities for people who play games on Facebook "whether Apple allows it in a stand-alone app or not."
According to The New York Times
This is strange, because the past 24 hours have been dominated by reports of Apple's impasse with Microsoft over its xCloud gaming service, which Apple has explicitly said cannot be on the App Store because of current guidelines. From that report:
Microsft blasted Apple's stance on the matter stating "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."
Facebook Gaming's compromise is yet another strange twist in the ongoing App Store saga and Apple's policy over gaming services on its iOS platform.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9
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