Apple is expected to announce new services in television, news and finance (with a rumored credit card linked to Goldman Sachs) at its March 25 event. But there is a possibility that we can also take a look at the company's iOS game subscription service also on Monday. Bloomberg reports that Apple is "discussing" the game service with potential partners.
At the end of January, Cheddar first reported on the service, which would allow users to play a lot of games in exchange for a monthly fee. If you refer to the news subscription service as "Netflix for news or magazines," then this would be a similar concept centered on games.
For subscription to the game package, Bloomberg notes that Apple is "probably considering" only paid games. Any title that depends on a freemium model (free-to-play but with purchases within the application) will not be part of the agreement. That would lead to hits like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile being out but Minecraft, Stardew Valley, Heads Up !, Monument Valley 1 and 2, and NBA 2K19 are all types of paid games that may be eligible.
Customers would be charged monthly to access a package of those premium games, and game developers would be paid according to the frequency with which service members play their title. "The company would charge these monthly fees and then divide the revenue among the developers based on the time users spend playing," said Mark Gurman from Bloomberg .
Apple may reveal its game subscription service at Monday's event, or the company may choose to wait until its key note from WWDC. It probably makes more sense to announce such a move in front of the creators of games that attend the conference. Apple's gaming service will focus exclusively on iOS and will not be a cloud-based transmission effort like that of Microsoft, Sony and, more recently, Google, which announced its new Stadia platform earlier this week.