Facebook Gaming iOS launched on Friday. Facebook, remove the mini games feature due to rejection of Gaming app in the recent months.
- Facebook Gaming app was introduced on Android
- In this app, users can play instant games
- This feature is removed for iOS users
Why Facebook Gaming iOS removed mini gaming feature?
Facebook Gaming app, a best platform for watching livestreams of games or also stream your own games. This app was launched in April to compete the most popular streaming platform “Twitch”. This app was made and available for Android users, after few months of review and request, it was finally launched for iOS users on Friday. While the Facebook Gaming app is available on Apple App store, it comes without a key feature that is available only for Android users, instant mini games. Find fault with Apple app store, Facebook says that it had removed the mini game feature due to rejection of Gaming app in recent months.
Facebook tried to get Apple’s approval several times before removing the mini game feature from Facebook Gaming iOS app. It even challenged the App store guidelines in new appeal process that Apple introduced last year for developers whose apps get rejected multiple times. But in this method Facebook get failed, so the gaming app launched without mini games feature on iOS. Facebook’s chief, Sheryl Sandberg told “We have to remove mini games feature entirely in order to get Apple’s approval on the standalone Facebook Gaming App”.
Apple justifies its rejection by claiming that Facebook Gaming app violates Apple Store guidelines. It declare that the primary purpose of Facebook Gaming is to play games, while Facebook maintains that 95 percent of activity on the app is watching live streams. “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,” an Apple spokesperson told the publication.
Facebook Gaming Chief, Vivek Sharma was also quoted to say that the company had to make several compromises in the past due to this stringent Apple App Store rules. “Even on the main Facebook app and Messanger, we’ve been forced to bury Instant Games for years on iOS”. This comes just days after Microsoft ended its xCloud testing on iOS platform. The company did not say an exact reason for this, but the heavily criticised Apple store policies for cloud gaming meight be why Microsoft stopped testing completely.