Apple’s new App Store rules allow cloud gaming services to work

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Apple has revised its App Store guidelines to finally allow cloud streaming services, such as Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud, to run on iOS devices.

The rule change explicitly mentions that Microsoft and Google can now build “catalog”-style apps in order to collate and list all games available on their platforms. However, the new rules also come with a caveat: all games available on cloud streaming services must also be available as individual apps.
The individual games are not required to run natively on Apple hardware, but users must be able to find the titles on the App Store outside of Google Stadia, xCloud and other similar services. Moreover, all those apps would still be subject to the other App Store rules, including Apple’s 30 per cent cut and updates being submitted to the company for review. Check out the new rules here, under the sub-section “4.92 Streaming Games”.
Advertisement The change in rules comes just a little over a month after Apple reiterated that cloud gaming apps would not be allowed on the service. Back in early August, the tech giant had said that these apps would be in violation of the App Store guidelines.
Microsoft has since …

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