Facebook Gaming launches without games on iOS due to Apple App Store policies
The iOS app doesn't feature mini games like its Android counterpart.
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launched without games on Friday because of
App Store approval process. The social media giant's app is used to watch streamers play
, similar to what happens on Twitch, but features mini games that Apple's policies reportedly wouldn't allow.
"Unfortunately, we had to remove gameplay functionality entirely in order to get Apple's approval on the standalone Facebook Gaming app,"
, Facebook's chief operating officer, said in an emailed statement. "We're staying focused on building communities for the more than 380 million people who play games on Facebook every month -- whether Apple allows it in a standalone app or not."
Apple seemingly cited its App Store guidelines as the reason for the Facebook Gaming app's rejection.