Cloud gaming is expected to be one of the major innovations in the video game industry over the next few years. Thanks to this, video games that usually require a console or gaming PC can be played on less powerful devices and even on smartphones.
How is it possible ? Games are run in data centers and the images are then streamed to the user’s device. The latter therefore no longer needs a machine with good computing power to play AAA titles.
So far, iPhone or iPad users have not been able to use Stadia, Google’s offering or xCloud, which is from Microsoft. Indeed, Apple sees cloud games badly as this system does not allow them to control the games that can be played on their devices.
At first, Apple seemed to simply ban cloud gaming applications. Cupertino later refined its rules for approving cloud games and set a number of conditions. However, these conditions should not convince Google or Microsoft to start their cloud gaming services on iOS.
An application can continue to use Stadia on iOS
On iOS, the Stadia application does not allow you to play, only manage your profile and games. However, a developer made an app that will allow you to keep playing Stadia games on an iPhone. This app is called Stadium and is actually a browser that lets you use the version of Stadia for Chrome on computers but on an iPhone.
Stadium made headlines in the high-tech press in September. Unfortunately, Apple decided to remove this from the App Store. As reported by the Egadget website, it was the app’s developer, Zack Knox, who brought the news to Twitter.
My app is being removed from the App Store, AMA
– Zach (@zmknox) 19th October 2020
This also indicates that Apple is invoking rules 2.5.1 and 3.3.1 of its license agreement with the developers to justify the rejection of this app. These essentially prohibit the redirection of APIs for unintended uses.
Now it remains to be seen whether Google or Microsoft could start under the rules of Apple Stadia or xCloud under iOS. In particular, every game offered in cloud gaming must have its own application in the App Store and be approved by Apple. And cloud gaming service apps should only be used as catalogs to redirect users to gaming apps.
Apple explains it this way: “Game streaming services may offer a catalog application on the App Store that allows users to register for the service and find games in the App Store, provided the application meets all guidelines. […] “.
Microsoft has already spoken about these rules, stating that players should be able to access games from the catalog as if it were an audio streaming or video streaming service. Redmond doesn’t require multiple applications to be downloaded in order to play.