Apple updates App Store guidelines describing the apps required to use its ...

Apple announced updates to its App Store Review Guidelines intended to clarify how it handles streaming games and in-app purchases.

The purpose of the revision is to clarify the types of applications required to use the tech giant's in-app purchasing system before the firm rolls out its upcoming iOS 14 in the fall.

Apple says person-to-person experiences may take purchases outside the app, but those that offer services for sale in the app must uses it's system.

The changes come as the tech giant is battling a number of services in payment disputes, primarily Epic Games that encouraged iOS users to buy 'V-Bucks' for its popular game, Fortnite, from its own website.

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The purpose of the revision is to clarify the types of applications required to use the tech giant's in-app purchasing system before the firm rolls out its upcoming iOS 14 in the fall

The purpose of the revision is to clarify the types of applications required to use the tech giant's in-app purchasing system before the firm rolls out its upcoming iOS 14 in the fall

According to a statement on the Apple developer's site, streaming games are permitted so long as they adhere to the same guidelines as other apps - they must be submitted for individual review, come with appropriate metadata, and use in-app purchase to unlock features.

Apple has kept a number of gaming streaming services, such as Microsoft's xCloud and Google Stadia, out of its store because it cannot monitor individual games. 

However, the tech giant appears to have had a change of hear and is now letting both service back in the circle of trust - but with conditions.

For games offered in the service, they must be downloaded from the App store and not from an all-in-one app - also known as a 'catalog app.'

The changes come as the tech giant is battling a number of services in payment disputes, primarily Epic Games that encouraged iOS users to buy 'V-Bucks' for its popular game, Fortnite, from its own website

The changes come as the tech giant is battling a number of services in payment disputes, primarily Epic Games that encouraged iOS users to buy 'V-Bucks' for its popular game, Fortnite, from its own website 

Developers are permitted to roll out a 'catalog app,' which acts like a storefront that holds a number of apps, but they must link to an individual App Store product page. 

This means a game maker can releases 10 different games inside one catalog app, but the game must have their own location in the App Store for download. 

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