FP trendAugust 10, 2020 9:23:01 IST
Facebook launched its game app, Facebook Gaming, for iOS devices on Friday (August 7). However, it had to remove its in-app mini-game feature due to limitations of Apple̵7;s App Store policies.
The move came after “months of submission and rejection” at the hands of Apple. In one a series of tweets Facebook Gaming official moderators say they have to release the app without instant gameplay because of Apple’s strict policies.
Share on the app’s primary goal of live-streaming the game (as on Twitch), Facebook detailed why Apple is refusing to license them. Facebook claims that Apple has rejected their application – based on App Store Guidelines 4.7 – on the assumption that the main focus of the application is game play. However, Facebook says that’s not true, and also claims that the Apple team has “ghosted” them for months even after they submitted explanations for their queries.
2 / But for FB game developers and players … we have some bad news. After months of submissions and multiple rejections from Apple, we had to completely remove instant games from the standalone app. pic.twitter.com/aydUh0EgSM
– Facebook Gaming (@FacebookGaming) August 7, 2020
Facebook also seems to be critical of the app publishing approval process at the Apple Store.
“We can afford to spend ~ 6 months reviewing Apple reviews, but many others can’t. And although we may have tried additional appeals, we don’t want to stop. rolling out a version for live streamers and fans alike. “
The company announced that it will continue to build a platform that will allow users to play games on the app, whether or not Apple allows it in a standalone app.
In a statement for The VergeShery Sandberg, CEO, said, “Unfortunately, we had to completely remove the game functionality to get Apple approval on the standalone Facebook Gaming app – which means iOS users have a poor experience. than those using Android. “
She added that Facebook will try to bring a complete Facebook gaming experience to iOS users, even if it’s not through a standalone app.
The social media giant launch game apps to give gamers and streamers a basic common ground. Both Android and iOS users use Twitch for the same purpose. There are certain mini games available to Android users that their iOS partners will have to do without.
This happened just a few days later Microsoft spoke out against Apple’s App Store guidelines are stricter for game apps than apps that don’t play games.
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