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Here’s what Apple’s new rules about cloud gaming actually mean

The Verge Friday, 18 September 2020
Here’s what Apple’s new rules about cloud gaming actually meanPhoto by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Apple has changed the rules.

One month after suggesting its iOS App Store guidelines would bar cloud gaming services like Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud from appearing on an iPhone or iPad, the company has now overhauled those rules, telling journalists last Friday that Google and Microsoft’s streaming games are actually welcome after all.

But if you know how cloud game services operate, and then look at Apple’s actual written rules, you’ll see that’s only technically true. If I understand correctly, the reality is one of two things:

Either 1) Apple is asking Microsoft, Google and others to turn their streaming game services into an entirely new category of standalone app which guarantees Apple a profit — a kind of app that’s rarely...
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