In a series of tweets, Facebook explained how "months of submissions and repeated rejections by Apple" led them to "remove instant games entirely from the standalone app". Users would have to purchase the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription for them to access and play over a 100 Xbox games to the Android devices.
Apple has issued a statement about xCloud, but we can assume other cloud gaming options are facing similar issues. However, it had to forgo its mini game feature in the app due to the limitation of Apple's App Store policies. Microsoft is bringing Xbox's Project xCloud service to Android devices from September 15 but could not to iOS. In a statement given to Business Insider Apple tried to put a positive spin on the decision to block these big name game streaming services from its mobile platform. However, the Redmond giant tells Business Insider that it still intends to "scale cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass available on all devices".
On the other hand, however, what Microsoft, Google, and Nvidia are trying to do is create their own app marketplaces, and while most aren't even bothering to go up against Apple's intransigent App Store policies, Microsoft at least appeared to be willing to make an attempt, resulting in a glimmer of hope when an iOS beta of Project xCloud opened up earlier this year.
It can be been apparent that Apple wasn't into these streaming applications for a whilst: The xCloud screening hosted on iOS has been seriously confined as opposed to Android, providing only a one sport (Halo: The Grasp Main Selection) to a utmost of 10,000 testers. It insisted the iOS creator bends its own rules for non-gaming apps - "it consistently treats gaming apps differently, applying more lenient rules to non-gaming apps even when they include interactive content". However, after a brief testing period on iOS, Microsoft has postponed plans to continue testing on Apple's products.
'In addition to the App Store, developers can choose to reach all iPhone and iPad users over the web through Safari and other browsers on the App Store, ' Apple said. According to Apple, it has no objections to cloud gaming in principle.
While Apple's rejection of the Facebook Gaming app was premised on the conclusion that the primary objective of the Facebook Gaming app is to play games, according to Facebook, about 95% of app activity on Android is from watching game livestreams.
Microsoft has criticized Apple for the tight control it exercises over its App Store. To this point, Microsoft noted all xCloud games "are rated for content by independent industry ratings bodies such as the ESRB and regional equivalents".