Apple has updated the guidelines of its App Store making it possible to finally approve applications that offer streaming game services: in other words, there could be a sort of green light to Microsoft Xcloud and Google Stadia on iPhone and iPad even if with some rules to respect, even too many.
The games in streaming, we read in the document released on the site dedicated to developers, are allowed on condition that they respect "all guidelines". For example, every game update must be reviewed, developers must provide appropriate metadata for research, and games must use in-app purchase to unlock features or functionality.
Apple does not allow the type of store within the App Store desired by Epic Games. However, it now allows developers to present a "catalog app" to help users sign up for the service and find games. In addition, each streamed game must be submitted to the App Store as a single app so that it has a page on the App Store, appears in rankings and searches, has user ratings and reviews, can be managed with ScreenTime and others. parental control app.
The so-called "catalog app" must obviously also comply with Apple's rules, including that of offering users the ability to pay for a subscription through in-app purchase and also use the "Sign in with Apple" function. The app must also necessarily connect to the games actually present in the App Store. Developers, for example, cannot link to external versions but can enable purchase confirmation out of the app, such as unlocking downloadable content from an external purchase.
The rules regarding payments and fees do not change but more details have been added regarding when in-app purchases should or should not be used. Finally, improvements also for the submission process to the App Store. For existing apps, for example, bug fixes will no longer be delayed for guideline violations, except for those related to legal issues.
In the guidelines, which are effective immediately, there are also instructions related to Clips apps, widgets, extensions and notifications which must be related to the functionality of an app and cannot contain advertising. The new App Store guidelines The full text can be read on the Apple developer site.