Apple has rejected Facebook games on the App Store at least five times since February,media apple Insider reported. Facebook launched its Gaming app back in April, despite restrictions on the new crown. Android’s Facebook Gaming has been launched on Google Play for free, allowing users to play simple HTML5 games with friends and watch live streams from other players.
According to the New York Times, Facebook originally submitted the app to Apple in February. The reason for its rejection was article 4.7 of the Apple Guidelines, which prohibits the use of HTML5 games in “store or similar store interfaces”. After the initial rejection, Facebook changed the design of the app in several ways — including the ability to remove color icons, categories, and game classifications. Apple apparently again refused to take the app on the shelf.
Facebook is reportedly “weighing its next steps,” which could include launching Facebook Gaming without games at all, or games that are harder to find. This way, the app will retain only features for live game streams and social networking. The report comes as Apple and its App Store deal come under increased antitrust scrutiny. The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into the Cupertino tech giant’s App Store practices.
Earlier this week, Apple caused controversy when it reportedly pressed an email app called “Hey” to increase in-app purchase options for subscriptions — a lack of the ability to avoid Apple’s 30 percent App Store fee.
Apple has its own gaming service, apple Arcade, which costs $4.99 a month and allows users to play exclusive games on devices on iPhones, iPads, Macs and other Apple product lines.