Apple may have a surprise subscription service to announce Monday
According to Bloomberg, Apple might be getting ready to announce a game subscription service for iOS devices. Many will call it "Netflix for games," but calling everything the "Netflix of whatever" often ignores companies that actually exist, so we'll say it's more like a digital version of Gamefly. Although it's unclear if Apple will be announcing the game service on Monday, the report says Apple is talking to partners to build up the service. The way it would work is users would pay a monthly fee to get access to select games that would normally be paid and Apple would distribute the revenue (minus its cut) to developers based on how long users spend playing each game.
Depending on the games made available as part of such a service, it could end up being the surprise star of the show for Apple. As we get closer and closer to the event, Apple's video service is sounding less interesting as the latest rumors make it out to be a glorified Apple TV homescreen rather than a real competitor to something like Netflix or Hulu. Apple's news service may be okay, but without big names like the New York Times, it's hard to imagine that generating much excitement. But, a subscription game service could be pretty great if done right.