Apple lets you play Stadia and xCloud games on iOS (after you download them)
There is a catch, though, and it’s a big one. “Games offered in a streaming game service subscription must be downloaded directly from the App Store, must be designed to avoid duplicate payment by a subscriber, and should not disadvantage non-subscriber customers,” reads the update. Having to download a game to play it on a streaming platform kinda defeats the purpose.
The caveat might have something to do with Apple’s own gaming service Apple Arcade. Players need to download the games they want to play with that too, and it seems that Apple doesn’t want to be put at a disadvantage, offering download-free gaming experience from third parties. Still, at least there’s a legitimate way to play Stadia games on your iOS devices now. Meanwhile, Apple and Epic are still fighting each other, after the game studio dared to challenge the 30% cut that Apple takes on in-app payments.