Recently, you may have heard about how Netflix games have landed on mobile, but it seems for now, only Android. The company says the iOS version will be coming soon, but we now seem to know why it might have been late for iOS, and that could be due to Apple’s regulations.
According to developer Steve Moser, he received an in -app tag that he shared with Bloomberg and published in Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter. Apparently in order to work within Apple’s rules, Netflix plans to release their games through Apple’s App Store as an individual name.
Users will need to sign in using their Netflix account to prove they have an active share, but it is trusted. For those unfamiliar, Apple there are rules for sports broadcasting services such as Stadia or GeForce Now which require access to the Storefront of each title that Apple can review.
It’s a troubling rule, one that other companies have found a solution to by banning them in Safari, but Netflix seems to plan to comply. The company doesn’t have many titles to start with, about five, so we think it shouldn’t be too difficult. It’s unclear when these games are expected to be available, so iOS Netflix subscribers who are curious will have to wait.