Revising its policy on gambling apps, Apple has announced that now the App Store will host only native gambling Apps. Appl has allowed the gambling operators and app developers until September 3 to comply with the new rule.
Revising and adding more to its guidelines for App Store reviews, 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.”
In a nutshell, it is an attempt to remove all such apps that are not developed for apple’s operating system only. Moreover, operators offering gambling services, including sports betting, online casino, online poker, online bingo, and more, through their respective apps, may have their products removed from the App Store.
Recently google also updated its policy on video game apps offering “loot boxes” a gaming feature often associated with gambling. The developers are now required to mention explicitly if their game offers rewards for a fee.
Now with Apple’s policy update, experts say that it would be very difficult for gambling operators to revise and redevelop a native app only for apple’s operating system in just three months. Therefore one can expect some gambling products to be removed from the App Store.