Apple Reportedly Building a ‘Netflix for Games’ Service

Posted on January 28, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple with 13 Comments

Apple is reportedly working on a new service for gamers, according to Cheddar. The company is apparently planning to build a game subscription service that will allow users to pay a monthly subscription price to get access to a catalog of games.

The company has reportedly been in talks with game publishers and developers as early as the second half of 2018. Details about the service are scarce at this moment, however. It’s not clear if the service will be an iOS-only thing, or if it will also work on Mac and more mainstream desktop games that support Mac hardware which has never really been known for gaming. It seems sensible for the platform to be iOS only, however.

Apple’s new game subscription service will basically work as a Netflix for games and may end up being something like Discord Nitro, which gives you access to $1,000 worth of games for a $9.99/month subscription.

The service is in its early stages of development, and may not ever see the light of the day if plans fall apart. It could, however, be a fundamental part of Apple’s growing list of services. The company has been heavily focused on its services business ever since it started experiencing disappointing iPhone sales. Cupertino is expected to launch a streaming service to compete directly with Netflix, a new news subscription service, and now the new game subscription service. These new services could really help the company boost its Services revenue while balancing out the costs of declining iPhone sales.

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