Facebook has launched a new Facebook Gaming app for iOS users. This app was made available for Android users initially, and after months of review, it was finally launched on Friday for iOS users. The Facebook Gaming app is now live on the App Store, it comes without a key feature that is available for Android users – mini-games.
Facebook said that its Facebook gaming app was rejected many times, Facebook tried to get Apple’s approval several times before removing the mini-games feature entirely from Facebook Gaming iOS app. The major reason for the rejection as it was violating some iOS policies. For Approval, Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg told The Verge, “Unfortunately, we had to remove gameplay functionality entirely in order to get Apple’s approval on the standalone Facebook Gaming app — meaning iOS users have an inferior experience to those using Android. We’re staying focused on building communities for more than 380 million people who play games on Facebook every month — whether Apple allows it in a standalone app or not.”
Facebook Gaming Chief Vivek Sharma also was also quoted to say that the company had to make several compromises in the past due to this stringent Apple App Store rules. “Even on the main Facebook app and Messenger, we’ve been forced to bury Instant Games for years on iOS. This is shared pain across the games industry, which ultimately hurts players and devs and severely hamstrings innovation on mobile for other types of formats, like cloud gaming.”