Recently, Apple issued new guidelines for gaming applications. According to the new guidelines, Apple has made it clear that HTML5 games distributed within apps “may not provide access to real money gaming, lotteries, or charitable donations, and may not support digital commerce.”
Digitain CCO Suren Khachatryan has said that the timing of the new guideline could be troublesome for gambling operators in the US. As the deadline to comply is September 3, it will be around the same time when the NFL season kicks off.
Khachatryan said that “The overall majority of gambling apps being adapted are essentially HTML5 products and websites.This change in guidelines means that both operators and suppliers will need to realign resources – either to start building a native gambling app from scratch, or to port games from HTML5 to be native in iOS by September 3.
“The task for operators is large and it will be interesting to see if a sportsbook can be ported from HTML5 to iOS native within three months. My suspicion is that it will take longer.
“Depending on resource, it would typically take about eight weeks to port a slot game from HTML 5 to iOS native. When you consider how many slot games and table games there on the market, the task becomes daunting for both operators and suppliers.
“Ultimately, the challenge to port HTML content in iOS native is considerable – the size of the natively built games will eventually lead to lighter versions. So, in the end, it will be the customer that suffers as their experience is diluted due to lightweight native versions of the gambling products being developed.”