19 March 2019
Apple is reportedly on game streaming service which is said to be similar to how Netflix works. The report is coming from Cheddar citing as many as five anonymous sources familiar with the matter. It is claimed to be a subscription-based service where users will get access to select gaming titles in exchange for paying a certain monthly fee.
It is reported that Apple has already held private conversations with game developers which happened sometime in the second half of 2018. There have also been discussions about collaborating with developers as publisher for the titles which suggest Apple wants to do more than just providing a platform for streaming games. The overall plan could be to make an impact on the gaming industry as Apple did to the music industry with the release of iTunes.
It should be noted that Apple has not finalized all the details regarding the service yet. It includes both the subscription pricing details and what kind of gaming titles to offer. All the plans are currently said to be in early stages of development which can even result in Apple scrapping the whole idea altogether. In other words, nothing is confirmed yet and there could be a lot of significant changes coming up.
The idea of Apple trying to its hands in the gaming space is not surprising at all. The overall gaming industry, especially online gaming, is on the path of significant growth in terms of money. We already have reports of various other tech giants working on their respective gaming streaming services. These include the likes of Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Sony, NVIDIA, and even Verizon. While release dates for all of these company's services are currently unknown, we should be hearing more and more as the time will pass.