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Facebook releases Facebook Gaming without games on iOS

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Facebook is working together with Microsoft in criticizing Apple’s App Store policies today. The social media company is as well releasing it’s Facebook Gaming app for iOS. The  Gaming app is an app that is used in watching streamers play video games. However, it removed the app’s mini-games feature to pass the strict App Store approval process of Apple. Though, the social media company isn’t cool with the agreement.

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Facebook releases Facebook Gaming without games on iOS – Sheryl Sandberg’s Comment

The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg mentioned something in a press statement given to The Verge. He said:

“Unfortunately, we had to remove gameplay functionality entirely in order to get Apple’s approval on the standalone Facebook Gaming app. This means that iOS users have an inferior experience to those using Android”.

He further said:

” We’re staying focused on building communities for the more than 380 million people who play games on Facebook every month. Whether Apple allows it in a standalone app or not”.

Facebook says Apple has rejected its Facebook Gaming app several times over the past few months. The social media company also mentioned that Apple has put forth App Store guideline 4.7 to account for the rejections, declaring that the main purpose of the Facebook Gaming app is to play games. The company says it distributed usage data from its Android Facebook Gaming app that shows 95 percent of activity is watching streams. However, this never changes Apple’s stance.

Apple unveiled an appeal process

Apple disclosed an appeal process for situations like this in June at WWDC, however, Facebook says it tried it and refused to persuade Apple to reverse its decision.

A Facebook spokesperson says:

“We even appealed the guideline under the new app review process declared at WWDC. We did not receive a response”.

The social media company has now been pushed to give up and withdraw games completely from the standalone app launched on iOS. The Gaming app is mainly used to watch streams of games, the same way Twitch is used in both Android devices and iOS devices. However, on Android, the app also comprises a lot of mini-games from Facebook’s Instant Games platform. That is what Apple will never accept.

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Facebook releases Facebook Gaming without games on iOS -Vivek Sharma’s Comment

This is not the first time Facebook has had so many issues from the Apple Store. “Even on the main Facebook app and Messenger, we’ve been forced to bury Instant Games for years on iOS”, says Vivek Sharma in a pronouncement to The Verge. Vivek Sharma is the Facebook Gaming chief.

Sharma further added:

“This is shared pain across the games industry, which ultimately hurts players and devs and severely hamstrings innovation in mobile for other types of formats, like cloud gaming”.

Apple is facing growing condemnation from its competitors and the gaming industry to reduce the restrictions placed on its App Store.

An Apple’s Spokesperson Comment in a statement

Apple has secured its pronouncement to disable cloud gaming services from its App Store. Including xCloud, GeForce, and Stadia.

Following what an Apple spokesperson said in a comment:

“Our customers enjoy great apps and games from millions of developers, and gaming services can absolutely launch on the App Store. As long as they follow the same set of guidelines applicable to all developers, including submitting games individually for review, and appearing in charts and search”.

Apple’s disagreement is that Facebook can not independently assess games offered on streaming services. However, the company does not really have the same issue with other services. Including YouTube or Netflix that stream a whole lot of videos, movies, TV shows to Apple’s iOS devices which Apple cannot possibly assess.

Apple’s newest weak App Store excuse comes some months after the company was involved in an aggrieved battle because of the new Hey email app. Apple finally accepted the app after the former rejection drew universal criticism from lawmakers and developers.

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The company is among a group of US tech companies recently facing potential antitrust action. The EU has as well uncovered a formal antitrust investigation into Apple’s App Store and Apple Pay practices. Now, the company is surely going to face more questions concerning its App Store policies in the upcoming months. The reason is that Facebook and Microsoft are openly condemning the company.