Apple Gets an Arcade in the Cloud, and We Couldn't Be Happier
It's about damn time, Apple!
The mobile gaming industry has been beyond lucrative. Just breeze through your Google Play or App Store and see for yourself. If there ever was a money maker, it's that. Build a game, make money. And a lot of brands are getting into it: Marvel, DC, WWE, Microsoft. There's a stable of handy and hefty mobile games with heavy measurements of memory for those big-time digital devices that can even make the big consoles shake in their boots (at least a little), so you had to wonder.... What was Apple waiting for??
Perhaps Penetrating the Market Not With One or Two Games.... But an Entire CLOUD??
Yes. Indeed. That's ambitious.
Truly, companies like Zynga, Halfbrick and Mojang own their market shares with gusto, and they're specialized in the exact type of gaming we all seem to enjoy on our little devices, but come on.... This is Apple we're talking about: the freakin' inventors of the iPhone. The one digital device that practically made it possible to play anything from digital football to crushing candy. So it makes sense.
This comes with the subscription craze, of course, as many brands aim to go for the model and make an extra buck, which works really well. Here's the slight problem: downloading some of these games you'll find on Google Play or the App Store is free. Sure, some are not. But we have quite a few options. Apple will have to provide some sort of unique value to account for a subscription fee just to play some games you most likely won't ever find on those two other platforms.
The brand called Apple Arcade, however, won't simply be for mobile devices -- expect this subscription service to target desktop computers and even living room devices -- like smart TVs. And to make it even sweeter, Apple will be holding hands with the likes of Disney, Sega, and Annapurna Interactive just to make this happen -- for more than 100 new titles featured exclusively.
All right. All right. I can buy it. We're now seeing a competitor in the video game industry, putting gloves on to face off with the likes of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. This just got super interesting.
Because this will be a subscription model, you won't see any ads either. Plus parents will be able to manage screen time with a subscription account. Expect the Apple Arcade to work in more than 150 countries, ushering in the newest era of cloud gaming that'll most likely revolutionize video gaming from the ground up. We saw it a little bit with Playstation Plus, and XBOX Gold, but those don't compare to the level of flexibility. No more downloading onto your console -- you play these games immediately, in the cloud, faster than you can say HADOUKEN.
And the Writing Is Definitely on the Wall With Mobile Gaming
Zynga's shares were down almost 1%. Electronics Arts and Take-Two? A full 1% drop. Activision Blizzard saw a bit of a dip by .5%. Even GameStop saw almost 3% go down. Games are shifting. Before long, we'll just be playing our games in the cloud on a subscription basis. And you better believe Apple's on board to get that going right now.
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