November 28, 2020
Facebook Gaming iOS App Released, but without Actual Games

Facebook Releases its Gaming App on iOS but There’s No Way to Play

Facebook has finally gotten approval for Facebook Gaming in the Apple ecosystem, but the iOS version is missing all its games…

It’s been months, but Facebook Gaming is now available to Apple users. Well, sort of. After several attempts to get the iOS app approved by Apple, Facebook Gaming can now be installed on iPhones and iPads. But, users won’t find any actual games. Rather, they’ll only be able to view game streams and interact with its social functions.

Facebook Gaming iOS App Released, but without Actual Games

Facebook couldn’t get its iOS gaming app approved by Apple because it purportedly violated its App Store rule regarding third-party software. However, Facebook certainly isn’t alone. Microsoft’s xCloud, as well as Google’s Stadia, have both been denied approval to place their platforms on the Apple App Store, too.

Of course, Facebook disagreed with the supposed violation. The social network stated that 95 percent of Facebook Gaming is dedicated to hosting and watching streams, which necessarily means its primary purpose isn’t gaming. Facebook CEO Cheryl Sandberg wrote in a statement:

“Unfortunately, we had to remove gameplay functionality entirely in order to get Apple’s approval on the standalone Facebook Gaming app — meaning iOS users have an inferior experience to those using Android.”

Owen E. Richason IV

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