Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
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Apple Arcade Subscription Service Might Have Exclusive Games

Apple Arcade Subscription Service Might Have Exclusive Games

The service will launch in fall and, by the looks of it, the company is now investing heavily into making it successful: according to a report from The Financial Times, Apple is pouring in no less than several millions each in over 100 games. The report says it's spending "several million dollars each" on more than 100 titles, which puts Apple Arcade's budget in excess of $500 million.

It looks like Apple wants to keep the games limited to its iOS platforms, and even if the games were released to others, it wants to keep rivals Google and Microsoft out of the loop for these games.

Apart from Beyond a Steel Sky developer Revolution, studios such as Disney, Sega, Lego, Konami, Snowman, Annapurna Interactive, WayForward, and Klei Entertainment all have games coming to Apple Arcade - and Apple may be planning exclusivity deals with all of them, potentially.

A few weeks ago, Apple announced their new Apple Arcade game service. While some were concerned that Apple was going to simply hand-pick its own exclusive development partners by invitation only, the company began inviting developers to apply for Apple Arcade a few days after the announcement, but the "application" process is really just an opportunity for game developers to put their titles up for Apple's consideration.

Sources familiar with the matter told the FT that many high-profile games selected by Apple have budgets in the "millions". A firm release date is still to be confirmed.

As for the revenue model, it's believed developers will receive an ongoing stream based on how much time users spend playing their games.

Apple Arcade will roll out in more than 150 countries later this year. If all of that holds true, it may be a result of passivity vs. activity - with TV shows, of course, you watch to unwind, while gaming is a much more active, less passive, endeavor. Analyst expect it to cost $9.99 a month, similar to the Apple News+ service. Each game will sync between devices to allow players to pick-up where they left off.

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