Apple Arcade is the Epic Store of mobile gaming

Apple Arcade's gameplan is to keep mobile games off of Android, not other platforms.

| Sep 13, 2019 at 6:09 pm CDT

Apple takes a move out of Epic's exclusivity playbook with its new $4.99 a month gaming subscription service.


Apple's making a splash into the game subscription market with Apple Arcade, a $4.99 service that packs access to 100+ games for iOS, Mac, and Apple TV. Despite our previous reports, all of the games on Apple Arcade aren't technically 100% exclusive to the service. Apple Arcade's exclusivity just extends to mobile platforms, so none of the games will show up on Android. Apple Arcade titles like Exit the Gungeon, a new Square Enix RPG, and Shantae and the Seven Sirens could still show up on consoles and PC.

This is a tactic Epic Games has taken with its anti-Steam marketplace initiatives. The controversial Epic Games Store makes lucrative deals with indie and big-name publishers like Ubisoft, THQ Nordic, and 2K Games, buying exclusivity rights and promising more long-term cash for one-year exclusivity. What EGS exclusivity really means is "won't release on Steam for a year," similar to Apple Arcade's exclusivity definition of "won't ever release on Android."

The billion-dollar tech titan has lured many developers and publishers over with big deals to bolster Arcade's lineup. Reports say Apple spent as much as $500 million on the game service.

Apple Arcade launches on September 19 for $4.99 on iOS 13, and then September 30 for iPads and Apple TV devices. The Mac desktop and laptop flavor will be available in October.

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Last updated: Jun 16, 2020 at 04:29 pm CDT



Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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