Apple Arcade Reportedly Facing Issues

Apple Arcade is reportedly seeing a lot of issues.
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A recent report from mobilegamer.biz has revealed some concerns their sources have about the future of Apple Arcade. Apple Arcade is Apple’s subscription service, offering access to a mobile game library. Based on anonymous interviews with game developers, the report identifies several issues that may affect the service’s viability.

Developers have reportedly shared their dissatisfaction with decreasing payouts, project cancellations, and a perceived change in strategy towards family-friendly games with existing intellectual properties (IPs). This alleged shift is believed to disadvantage smaller, more innovative titles and premium-style indie games, which are said to face challenges within the current framework of the service.

Adding to the concerns, developers have reported having trouble getting clear communication and strategy guidance from Apple. The report outlines instances where developers received positive feedback on projects only to have them suddenly rejected due to undisclosed changes in strategy. Additionally, how payouts are calculated, specifically the “qualifying session” metric, was described as unclear and lacking transparency.

Marketing help has become a problem for developers. A report says it’s hard to get good placement and marketing help from Apple. This lack of support can make it tough for smaller developers to do well on the platform.

While the report reveals some concerning aspects, it also highlights some potential positive developments. According to the report, some developers have shown gratitude for the impact of Apple Arcade on the feasibility of premium mobile games. It also suggests the potential for a “service reboot.” This all depends on Netflix and its trajectory into the mobile gaming subscription market.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens to Apple Arcade, but if the report is to be believed, it’s in hot water.

Jorge A. Aguilar

Jorge A. Aguilar

Jorge A. Aguilar, also known as Aggy, is the current Assigning Editor.

He started his career as an esports, influencer, and streaming writer for Sportskeeda. He then moved to GFinity Esports to cover streaming, games, guides, and news before moving to the Social team where he ended his time as the Lead of Social Content.

He also worked a writer and editor for both Pro Game Guides and Dot Esports, and as a writer for PC Invasion, Attack of the Fanboy, and Android Police. Aggy is the former Managing Editor and Operations Overseer of N4G Unlocked and a former Gaming editor for WePC.

Throughout his time in the industry, he's trained over 100 writers, written thousands of articles on multiple sites, written more reviews than he cares to count, and edited tens of thousands of articles. He has also written some games published by Tales, some books, and a comic sold to Telus International.

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