Apple launches Arcade game subscription service

Anne Freier | September 13, 2019

App Business

Apple will be launching a new game subscription service on September 19th. The company said subscriptions for iOS 13 on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV would cost $4.99 a month.

Users who sign up will have access to an unlimited gaming experience. They will also be able to access more than 100 new and exclusive games that can be played offline.

“We are so excited to launch Apple Arcade on the App Store. A curated selection of over 100 new and exclusive games from many of the most innovative game developers in the world is the perfect complement to the App Store’s existing massive catalog of games,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

For the first month, users can test Arcade for free.

A single subscription offers access for up to six family members.

“We think customers of all ages are going to be delighted that a single subscription gives the whole family unlimited access to the full catalog of amazing Apple Arcade games, all without any ads or additional purchases, while knowing every game must meet Apple’s high privacy standards,” Schiller added.

Games debuting on Arcade will include Gameloft’s arcade baseball game “Ballistic Baseball”, Sega’s “ChuChu Rocket! Universe” and Devolver’s “Exit the Gungeon”.

Any updates to games are included in the subscription. For users who are worried about ads, Apple confirmed that the service would be ad-free.

In a blog post announcing the launch, the iPhone maker reiterated its commitment to providing a secure and safe environment for gamers and app lovers.

The Apple Store drove revenue of $120 billion for app developers last year.

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