Apple has rejected the Facebook Gaming app on the iOS App Store primarily because it is a direct threat
to the Livestream gaming service Apple Arcade. As per a report in the New York Times, this will be
the fifth time Apple has decided to reject the Facebook Gaming app.
Now, even after this Facebook is not entirely surprised by Apple’s decision, as they have been trying
to launch the Facebook Gaming app on the App Store – rather unsuccessfully since February.
" Games are by far the most lucrative category of mobile apps worldwide. Apple’s App Store, the only
officially approved place for iPhone and iPad users to find new games and other programs,
generated about $15 billion in revenue last year," said the report.
Apple has said that the App Store rules do not allow third-party apps to distribute games as a
separate platform. Also, the tech giant does not want its own App Store and Apple Arcade business
to be affected by allowing Facebook Gaming on its App Store.
The App Store which is now in 175 countries and regions finds visitors from all across the world and
is being visited by over half a billion people each week.
Apple Arcade offers users unlimited access to the entire catalog of more than 100 exclusive
games – all these games can be played all across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV.
" Apple Arcade is adding new games and expansions every month from some of the world's most
visionary game developers," said Apple.