Microsoft Could Bypass Apple App Store Entirely With xCloud Game Streaming Over The Web
In August, Apple explained why Xbox Game Pass Ultimate got the boot from the App Store. Besides the rule for Apple to individually review games on the App Store, all games are required to appear in charts and search, which would likely not be possible for a streamed game. More recently, game streaming targeted rules were added to the Apple guidelines, but they were absurd. They included things such as if you were to stream a game, the game must be downloaded from the App Store. Technically, it would no longer be game streaming, making the whole thing confusing.
Apple’s App Store practices have made some enemies in the industry, like Epic Games and now Microsoft. Hopefully, we will soon get an official announcement from Microsoft to confirm their plans for bringing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to iOS.
4.9 Streaming games
Streaming games are permitted so long as they adhere to all guidelines — for example, each game update must be submitted for review, developers must provide appropriate metadata for search, games must use in-app purchase to unlock features or functionality, etc. Of course, there is always the open Internet and web browser apps to reach all users outside of the App Store.