Facebook has launched cloud gaming on its desktop site and Android app.
A limited number of users were invited to try free games without leaving Facebook or downloading the game on their devices.
More than 200,000 people have already played the five available games: Mobile Legends: Adventure, PGA TOUR Golf Shootout, Asphalt 9: Legends, Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale and WWE SuperCard.
But as Apple and Facebook continue to confront each other, the service is not available for iOS.
“Even with Apple’s new cloud games policy, we don’t know if launching in the App Store is a viable path,” Facebook Play vice president Jason Rubin said in a blog post.
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Facebook has launched five titles for cloud gaming, Mobile Legends: Adventure, PGA TOUR Golf Shootout, Asphalt 9: Legends, Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale and WWE SuperCard
The company will slowly build its offering, Rubin said, starting with sports, card, simulation and strategy games, all of which can deal with latency issues.
Cloud game streaming for the masses still has a way to go, and it’s important to embrace both the benefits and the realities of the technology rather than trying to exaggerate where it will be in the future, ” he added .
He also promised that it wasn’t intended to replace streaming services like Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud or more established gaming systems.
“We love console and PC gaming and both formats will be around for a long time,” he said. “We believe cloud gaming will expand – not replace – the options to jump into great games.”
While Facebook’s beef continues with Apple, cloud gaming will not be available on iOS. “Apple treats games differently and continues to control a very precious resource,” said Apple VP Jason Rubin.
Excluding iPhones and iPads from the cloud game offerings is Facebook’s latest investigation into Apple on what it considers restrictive App Store policies.
“While our iOS path is uncertain, one thing is clear,” said Rubin. “Apple treats games differently and continues to control a very precious resource.”
Some developers complain that Apple’s cut of 30 percent in transactions is overspending, while others complain that streaming games must be submitted for individual review and in-app purchases used to unlock features.
Epic Games closed heads with Apple by encouraging iOS users to buy ‘V-Bucks’ for Fortnite, from its own website.
“Even with Apple’s new cloud games policy, we don’t know if launch in the App Store is a viable path,” he continued.
“Of course,” “there is always an open internet,” Rubin said, quoting a phrase Apple used last month in its updated App Store guidelines.
But, he added, “there are limitations to what we can offer on Safari.”
The company will slowly build its offering, Facebook said, starting with sports, card, simulation and strategy games, all of which can address latency issues.
Apple claims that the App Store provides billions of dollars to independent developers and that its practices are reasonable compared to other digital marketplaces.
Facebook to Double Its Gaming Business in 2020: The social media giant launched a standalone gaming app in April to compete with Twitch and YouTube during the pandemic.
The Facebook Gaming app, which arrived ahead of schedule, allows users to follow other gamers, watch live streams and leave comments.
“We’re seeing a big increase in quarantine gaming,” developer Fidji Simo told The New York Times.
The platform currently offers games on a separate tab from the main Facebook app, but the new rollout is a standalone service intended to provide “ a focused, gaming-only experience for people who want deeper access, ” she said.