Apple updates App Store Review Guidelines, impacts streaming gaming apps, and more

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Apple in the midst of App Store controversy announced a number of changes to its App Store guidelines today. The biggest change is that streaming gaming services such as Microsoft’s Xcloud and Facebook will be allowed on the store, for as long as each game is submitted for review separately.

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.

While at its core it’s allowing these apps to run, each game that is offered in the service will appear in App Store search results and will be required to have a somewhat integrated system on iOS possibly such as Game Center support.

4.9 Streaming games 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.

4.9.1 Each streaming game must be submitted to the App Store as an individual app so that it has an App Store product page, appears in charts and search, has user ratings and review, can be managed with ScreenTime and other parental control apps, appears on the user’s device, etc.

4.9.2 Streaming game services may offer a catalog app on the App Store to help users sign up for the service and find the games on the App Store, provided that the app adheres to all guidelines, including offering users the option to pay for a subscription with in-app purchase and use Sign in with Apple. All the games included in the catalog app must link to an individual App Store product page.

Apple also announced that in-app purchases for 1-to-1 classes will not be required to use its in-app purchasing system, giving it a 30% commission. This comes after Facebook accused Apple of hurting small businesses due to its 30% cut from businesses. Additional changes include Apple stating that iOS 14 widgets and App Clips cannot have any form of advertising and must be included in the apps main library. iOS 14 is expected to launch later this month. Apple’s full list of changes can be found here.

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