While the launch of a streaming video service by Apple seems very likely and could occur this year, Apple has ambitions in the video game streaming too. According to the site Cheddar, a subscription video game service is under active development. It would give access to a catalog of titles but still it’s not known how many games will be available. The source states that Apple has entered into talks with game developers since the second half of 2018 and that the project is still in its initial phase.
Apple helped popularize mobile gaming with the launch of the App Store in 2008. At the end of year holiday season, customers spent more than $1.22 bn on iOS games and apps. Other heavyweights are also interested in services offering access to video games for consoles on mobiles. Google unveiled in October a partnership with Ubisoft to adapt the next Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to its Chrome browser. Microsoft is also testing an Xbox streaming service called Project xCloud, which could allow playing games like Forza and Halo on phones and tablets.