For gambling and betting operators hosting their apps on Apple ‘s App Store, there’s good news.
Apple has allowed gambling app developers an additional six months to comply with its recently updated guidelines which called for gambling-related Apps to be fully native to iOS.
Earlier, the deadline to comply with the updated guidelines was September 3. Apple had made it clear that HTML5 games distributed within apps that “may not provide access to real money gaming, lotteries, or charitable donations, and may not support digital commerce,” if they are not fully native to its operating system.
The revised guidelines and such short compliance notice sent shockwaves amongst developers and gambling operators hosting their apps on the App store as the majority of iOS apps are built as ‘container apps’ where an iOS frame is built around an HTML5 product.
In a recent crackdown on gambling-related apps, Apple said that only those social gaming Apps which have age restrictions allowing only 17+ will be entertained by Apple’s App Store.
Last month, the company sent notices to developers stating that all apps that feature “Frequent/Intense Simulated Gambling” will be rated 17+ “in all countries and regions,” effective immediately.
Recently, Apple also partnered with finance giant Goldman Sachs Group Inc.to launch Apple credit card. However, the company has made it clear that Apple’s card would not allow the purchase of cryptocurrencies or gaming chips.