After various developers’ complaints over the past few months, Apple has just announced some modifications to the App Store’s Review Guidelines about game streaming platforms.
However, it doesn’t look like other companies are gladly accepting these changes, or that’s what Microsoft suggests.
Before the latest App Store Review Guidelines changes, the Cupertino-based company rejected all game streaming apps because they must analyze and approve each game individually.
The most recent guidelines allow game streaming apps to be released on Apple’s App Store:
“Streaming games are permitted so long as they adhere to all guidelines — for example, each game update must be submitted for review, developers must provide appropriate metadata for search, games must use in-app purchase to unlock features or functionality, etc. Of course, there is always the open Internet and web browser apps to reach all users outside of the App Store.”
The rules are arguably unchanged if you think of it, though.
Microsoft told The Verge that Apple’s choices maintain “a bad experience for customers,” as the tech giant is still trying to enforce rigorous rules for such apps, making it impractical to launch them.
Microsoft worked on its xCloud gaming platform for iOS, but it was discontinued one month ago because it doesn’t comply with Apple’s App Store policies.
Apple enforces all streaming games to be released as a standalone app instead of inside a collective app that is pretty much an alternative to the App Store.
Therefore, if Microsoft wants xCloud to be released on iOS, they would have to release over a hundred individual apps, and all of them must go through Apple’s review process.