Apple Reportedly Considering Gaming Subscription Service

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has held discussions with developers about a potential gaming subscription service, according to Cheddar's Alex Heath.


    The report, citing five unnamed sources, claims the service would function like "Netflix for games," providing paying subscribers with access to a bundle of games for a set price. Apple began privately discussing the service with game developers in the second half of 2018, according to the report.

    It's unclear how much the subscription will cost, when it may launch, or what kind of games Apple will offer. Apple has App Stores full of games on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV, but many are free-to-download "freemium" titles supported by in-app purchases like coins and jewels.

    The service, said to be in the early stages of development, could bring more visibility to paid titles like Alto's Odyssey and Monument Valley rather than freemium titles like Clash of Clans that dominate the App Store charts. Given how early it is, though, Apple could ultimately abandon the plans.

    Apple has also discussed partnering with developers as a publisher, according to two of the sources cited, suggesting that the iPhone maker could handle marketing, distribution, and other related costs for select games.

    Possibly of note, Apple recently expanded its iPod touch trademark to encompass gaming in the United States. While sales of the device have faded in recent years, rumors suggest Apple may be planning a seventh-generation iPod touch, which would likely be one of the cheapest points of entry for an Apple gaming service.

    Apple is also expected to launch subscription-based services for TV shows and movies and magazines and newspapers this year.

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  2. RJ2010115 macrumors newbie


    Nov 15, 2016
    Games, TV, Music, Magazines, Cloud storage...

    Price for all of this?
  3. Baymowe335 macrumors 68040

    Oct 6, 2017
  4. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2003
    because Apple is so known as the gaming capital of the world!
  5. ButteryScrollin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2014
    with Music, Video and News/Magazines... games would be the other big entertainment piece.
  6. matt_and_187_like_this macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2015
    Only the equivalent of 1 cup of coffee each until you can't afford actual coffee anymore.
  7. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    It's clear services want us all in monthly subscriptions. Forever,
  8. DrJohnnyN macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
  9. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Apple seems to be moving away from being an innovator. People call this "services revenue" but we all know what it really is: a middle man. Was this Steve Jobs dream?
  10. Enclavean macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2018
    Yes whenever people think gaming they think they need an apple product
  11. KPandian1 macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2013
    Using anything these days is heading to "leasing" mode. I guess the video game platforms are the leaders in this - small drops of blood.

    Microsoft's software (rental) program, Google's computing mode that is off-site for the programs/OS, etc. are making for a lot of revenue. Same thing with streaming services - little hardware/infrastructure as of old, a newer system that is cheaper and central in maintenance, is the route to not just services now.

    Soon, the smartphones will be available only for lease - the way the prices are headed, that would be the only way we can use these candy-bar phones.

    Wonder how many people add up all their subscription services and see the cost in B/W in their budgets.
  12. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    So is Apple actually going to be funding the development of games or are they just going to bundle a bunch of existing games together and charge for it?

    I think it’s a bit disingenuous to call all these things services when there’s very little service that Apple is providing. Take games with IAP for example. Like a game that allows you to pay for more coins, or to unlock additional levels. Outside of processing credit card transactions for the IAP what service is Apple providing? And does Apple really want to be bragging about increasing revenues from people paying $9.99 to get additional dice rolls or to unlock a feature?

    I’m all for Apple looking into meaningful services they can provide (and charge for) but they need to meaningful and something where Apple is actually providing a service. To me a subscription gaming service seems like nothing more than a cash grab.
  13. AngerDanger, Jan 28, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2019

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008

    God ****ing dammit.

    The only consolation I have is the fact that it looks like somebody in this article's image is DJ-ing with their foot:

  14. BB8 macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2016
    Sounds like a dud in the making.

    Putting aside that Apple has yet to show any competence in gaming, I don't think a Netflix-model for games is really that appealing because people don't consume games the same way they consume movies, shows or music.
  15. AlumaMac macrumors regular


    Jan 25, 2018
    It's gonna be ugly for many when we reach Peak Subscription and the dominoes start falling. We'll see if Apple is one of few left standing (as a main player) when it all shakes out. They'll have to make some key acquisitions.
  16. frifra macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2008
    Apple and Gaming. Cause Gaming is so great on the Apple TV already! The controllers are great, games are fun and great graphics... ohh wait.
  17. ChristianGGG macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2018
    If this would mean some sort of AAA Games for IOS (IPad Pro 2018 is fully capable) ..... Coun't me in.
  18. Baymowe335 macrumors 68040

    Oct 6, 2017
    If you pay Apple for it, it's a service. No one cares who they pay for something if it's easy to obtain and gives them what they want.
  19. JeffPerrin macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2014
  20. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    They’re not even services Apple is providing. It’s Apple skimming off the top because it can. And should they really be so proud inceasing recenues from people wasting money on IAP games? Ooh the dice game I’m playing will give me 300 additional rolls if I pay them $99.99. What a great service Apple is providing there. :rolleyes:
  21. cardfan macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2012
    Only if I never see another pop up, watch a free video, or get a bucket of coins for 99.00 pop up. That’s your average iOS game experience.
  22. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Other than credit card processing what service is Apple providing? Office 365 is a service. Creative Cloud is a service. If Apple was regularly updating iWork for iCloud and charging for it that would be a service. Taking 30% of someone paying to unlock a level in a game or remove ads isn’t a service.
  23. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    Apple has no competency or capability in this area, but if it means they'd start actively discriminating against in-app purchasing lootbox mechanics in the app store then this would at least achieve something.
  24. rockarollr macrumors regular


    Apr 3, 2010
    Ah! What we’re witnessing before our eyes is the beginning of Apple slowly transitioning into a software and services company instead of a hardware/software/services company.

    All hail the new Microsoft! Woohoo!!
  25. ssmed macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2009
    When computers were things for work and not sexy accessories children went out, played football and dodged cars. Will more gaming make anyone happier and healthier? Probably not, but lets get the share price back up.

    Gaming - another major contribution to health from Apple!

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