Apple updates App Store review guidelines to allow streaming game services that submit each game to the App Store


Apple today announced an update to its App Store Review Guidelines, which takes into account some new features coming to iOS 14, such as App Clips, while also introducing new rules around streaming game services and in-app purchases. Has been introduced.


According to Apple’s updated guidelines, streaming game services such as Microsoft’s xCloud are allowed, but all games included in the streaming game’s subscription service must be downloaded directly from the App Store.

Apple has clashed with Microsoft over gaming services in recent weeks, with Apple stopping xCloud, Microsoft’s latest gaming service from being released in the StoreApp store, when it comes to games included in the service , Then Apple has no eye. It is unclear whether Microsoft would like to upload all xCloud games to the StoreApp Store separately, but this appears to be an option to get xCloud on iOS.

Streaming games are allowed as long as they follow all guidelines – for example, each game update must be submitted for review, developers must provide appropriate metadata for discovery, the game features or Have to use in-app purchases to unlock functionality, etc. Of course, there are always open Internet and web browser apps to reach all users outside the isApp Store.

Each streaming game must be presented as an individual app in thatApp Store so that it has a StoreApp Store product page, visible in charts and searches, user ratings and reviews, screen time and other parental controls to be managed with the application Can appear on the user’s device, etc.

However, streaming game services are allowed to offer a catalog app on the AppApp store to help users sign up for the service and to find games that have been uploaded to the AppApp store, so until Apple follows all guidelines. . Apps should provide an option to pay for subscriptions with in-app purchases and use sign in with Apple. All games must link to a personal AppApp Store product page.

Other rules state that applications classified as “Reader Apps” such as Netflix can offer account creation for free tiers and are able to provide account management functionality for existing customers while not offering payment options.

Related to Fortnite, a new toApp store explanation states that apps are not allowed to include hidden, inactive, or undocumented features in apps, with all application functionality made clear to users and Apple’s App Review team. Epic Games stripped the direct payment option in Fortnite, which was not acceptable to Apple, leading to a full legal battle between Apple and Epic.

When the developers are submitting updates, the review section requires all new features, functionality, and product changes to be described with specificity in the notes, and Apple states that generic descriptions will be rejected.

Apps that provide purchase options for real-time person-to-person experiences between two individuals (such as tuition) can now use purchase methods other than in-app purchases to collect payments . One-to-few and one-to-many experiences involve using Apple’s in-app purchase system to engage more than two people. Controversy has arisen over in-app purchases for services that have been forced to go digital due to the ongoing health crisis, with apps like ClassPass complaining about Apple’s purchase requirements. Apple’s new rule will allow in-app purchases to one-to-one classes with direct payment options, but it won’t work for multi-person classes.

Free standalone apps that partner with paid web-based tools are not required to use Apple’s in-app purchase system, unless there is an in-app purchase or take action to purchase out-of-app Do not call for, which appears to be a new rule related to snafu on the WordPress app.

Apps allow users to rate apps, review apps, watch videos, download other apps, tap on ads, enable tracking or perform other similar functions, use content, use apps or monetary compensation May not need to be obtained.

App clips, widgets, extensions, and notifications must be related to the functionality of an app, and Apple states that app clips are not allowed to advertise. Widgets, notifications, keyboards and watchOS apps are also not allowed to be included in advertising.

Apple’s full list of Store AP Store Guideline changes can be found on the Apple Developer site and through the entire App Store Guidelines.

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