Once again, Apple has rejected the Facebook Gaming app on the iOS App Store, reinforcing that the company is not as open to competition. Apple has been reviewing the app for the last couple of weeks, but now the firm has decided to reject it definitely.
A new New York Times report details how Apple ‘s decision does not surprise the Facebook team, as they have been unsuccessfully trying to launch the Facebook Gaming app in the App Store since February.
Facebook Gaming provides a robust gaming platform with a dedicated social network and live stream gameplay ability. In addition, the Facebook platform also offers its own games inside the app, which would be the main reason Apple would not approve the app.
People familiar with the matter told the NYT that Apple continues to argue that the rules of the App Store do not allow apps from third parties to distribute games as a separate platform. The report mentions that Apple rejected the Facebook Gaming app at least five times ahead of the final decision.
Of course, the reason for this is related to the fact that Apple does not want to affect its own App Store and Apple Arcade business. Apple would certainly lose a considerable amount of money by allowing other companies to offer their own games stores on the iPhone and iPad.
At the same time, Facebook’s tale comes as Apple is accused of anti-competitive behavior for limiting the business model of the App Store. The “Hey” email client has been banned from the App Store this week for providing access to a subscription service that can only be accessed from an external website, so Apple will not charge the 30% fee for each subscription.
Apple has not yet commented on the decision not to allow the app on the App Store for Facebook Gaming, but Facebook expects Apple to rethink the rejection.