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iOS Users can enjoy Facebook Gaming via progressive web App due to App Store policy. According to Apple store guidelines, cloud-based games cannot appear on its platform unless developers submit each app offered in the service individually for review. This guideline has been the cause of a dispute between Apple and Facebook and Microsoft. Both Facebook and Microsoft have cloud game services.
According to Facebook, Vivek Sharma, Vice President of Gaming said, “The company has come to the same conclusion as others, such as Microsoft, that bringing cloud games to iOS users through a web app is the only possible way.”
He also criticized Apple’s guidelines, saying it defeats the very purpose of cloud gaming.
Facebook’s vice president of gaming, Vivek Sharma, told The Verge in a statement, “We’ve come to the same conclusion as others: web apps are the only option for streaming cloud games on iOS at the moment,” “As many have pointed out, Apple’s policy to ‘allow’ cloud games on the App Store doesn’t allow for much at all. Apple’s requirement for each cloud game to have its own page, go through a review, and appear in search listings defeats the purpose of cloud gaming. These roadblocks mean players are prevented from discovering new games, playing cross-device, and accessing high-quality games instantly in native iOS apps — even for those who aren’t using the latest and most expensive devices.”
Microsoft earlier in June made Xbox Cloud Gaming available for iOS users via Safari browser. Web apps come with limited functionality compared to normal apps available for download on Apple App Store. They cannot send user notifications and take advantage of the device’s hardware and are difficult to find for the users.