Apple announced in an official update today that the App Store will now permit game streaming services and apps.
This will allow services such as Xbox Cloud Gaming or NVIDIA GeForce to work with an iPhone.
The new options will allow developers to submit “a single app with the capability to stream all of the games offered in their catalog”.
Further, Apple explains that “mini-apps, mini-games, chatbots, and plug-ins will be able to incorporate Apple’s In-App Purchase system”.
Apple explained that the new changes are a result of feedback from “Apple’s developer community”. The company has long avoided any such freedoms, resulting in a tightly restrictive App Store.
A variety of companies will surely announce new iOS apps fairly soon. These dedicated apps will definitely help streamline content for players.
Until now, Apple’s restrictions have only split the devices and apps fans need to use for their various gaming services.
However, new apps taking advantage of Apple’s changes are still “required to adhere to all App Store Review Guidelines”.
Apple also revised the App Store Review Guidelines today, and updated rules for apps distributed in the EU.
Apple recently decided to seek out $73 million from Epic Games over legal fees, after their court disputes concluded. Epic Games had hoped to battle the 27% cut from sales on the App Store.
Epic Games’ CEO Tim Sweeney swiftly posted a tweet in response to Apple’s updates.
Sweeney describes the changes as “a devious new instance of Malicious Compliance”. They also mention that Apple could choose to block an Epic Games Store or Fortnite distribution.
Sweeney also plans to continue breaking down the announcement and asked followers to “stay tuned”.
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