Apple recently found itself involved in a controversial issue for not allowing the Facebook Gaming app for iOS to have games included. According to the arguments of the apple company, Apple’s policies do not allow applications to promote streaming or have games that have not been reviewed by the brand.
But in addition to this Facebook content, the Cupertino company has also limited the presence of Microsoft’s Project xCloud in its application store. And because of these two situations, the European Union Commission has decided to start a new investigation into Apple’s policies.
AppStore limits Facebook Gaming and xCloud apps
This week Apple finally allowed the inclusion of the Facebook Gaming app in its application store. However, this was only possible with a controversial change since the application may be in the AppStore, but without games.
Now, a game streaming application without the possibility of having games for users to enjoy ... it becomes a little strange. But according to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's director of operations, these changes were necessary for the app to pass approval on the App Store. According to Apple's policies, applications are prohibited from promoting streaming or having games that have not been reviewed by the brand.
We recall that Facebook Gaming was waiting for several months and a positive response from Apple, which rejected the application several times.
Microsoft's xCloud also saw its presence limited in the AppStore. And according to the Redmond company:
Apple is the only general-purpose platform that prevents consumers of cloud games and game subscription services like the Xbox Game Pass.
European Union Commission to investigate Apple policies
According to the Reuters, the European Union Commission, which was already investigating Apple's policies, has also started to closely monitor this recent situation related to the Facebook Gaming it's the xCloud.
Investigations into Apple began in June and at least three of them involve restrictive AppStore rules. Recently Telegram also made a formal complaint to the European Commission over the alleged anti-competitive practices of the apple company. This is because Apple retains 30% on any transaction made from an iOS app, but also because it makes it impossible for users to download apps external to the App Store.
But now Facebook and Microsoft have also come together to show their dislike and concern about Apple's policies. This initiative promoted a significant movement of criticism on the part of programmers who complain of unequal treatment against the owner of the iPhone.
Asked by Reuters about these problems, Commission spokesman Arianna Podesta replied only that:
The Commission is aware of these concerns regarding Apple's App Store rules.
Apple has already responded to criticism
Meanwhile, Tim Cook's company has already responded to criticism. Apple defended itself by saying that its rules apply to all applications in order to protect its customers and also provide a fair environment for developers.
The apple brand used the PlayStation Remote and SteamLink cases as an example, which are allowed in the App Store.