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Apple Will Spend $500 Million or More on Games for Apple Arcade (No Android Allowed)

Accepted submission by takyon at 2019-04-15 03:18:56
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Apple reportedly spending $500 million to fund development of 100+ games for its Apple Arcade subscription service [9to5mac.com]

The Financial Times says [ft.com] the company is spending 'several million dollars each' on more than 100 games, putting Apple Arcade's budget in excess of $500 million dollars. At its March event, Apple announced that Arcade would launch in the fall but did not announce pricing.

The report also says that Apple is offering an 'extra incentive' to a developer if their game remains exclusive to Apple Arcade.

Our sources indicate that all Apple Arcade games will not be offered on Google Play Store. The deal is essentially 'mobile exclusive', so developers will be allowed to launch on games consoles like PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch — just no Android. Arcade games will not be sold in the App Store as normal downloads.

The customer pitch for Apple Arcade is an alternative offering to the countless freemium games that dominate the App Store charts. For one monthly fee, users can play any game in the Arcade catalog. An Apple Arcade game will have no additional purchases or upsell, no limited levels, and no ads. Arcade games will also not be able to share any data with publishers unless the customer provides explicit consent.

Also at Engadget [engadget.com].

Previously: Apple News+ and Apple Arcade Announced [soylentnews.org]


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