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Apple Potentially Spending Over $500M For Arcade Subscription

17 April 2019

Apple also looks to add over 100 new and exclusive games on its new Arcade game service when it launches in October 2019.

Apple is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to secure new video games for its forthcoming Arcade subscription service, according to several people familiar with the deals.

The company also announced some titles for the service, including Beneath a Steel Sky, Sonic the Hedgehog, and games from Giant Squid, Cartoon Network, Snowman, Konami, Lego, as well as several titles from independent developers such as Boosa Studios Ltd, Annapurna Interactive and ustwo. With Apple Arcade, the company seems to be trying to change that perception.

Aside from large companies and indie developers, experienced video game developer veterans like Mistwalker Corporation are also planning to enter this platform. Which still doesn't have a launch date other than the understanding that it's coming later this year, but it seems that the iPhone maker has made a decision to spend several hundred million dollars on more than 100 games, for a total spend of more than $500 million on this offering that users will pay a monthly fee for. The partnerships announced so far all come from developers with established track records in mobile gaming, many of whom have already released hit titles on the App Store.

Additionally, Microsoft debuted its own competitor, called Project xCloud, that lets users play high quality games on their phone without the need for an Xbox.

While we wait to hear more details about Apple Arcade, read about how we're not sure if it can save mobile gaming and check out everything we know about Google Stadia. Each game will sync between devices to allow players to pick-up where they left off.

For a monthly fee that has not been disclosed yet, the users will be able to play any game in the Arcade's catalog without making any other additional purchases, without encountering limited levels or ads.

Apple Potentially Spending Over $500M For Arcade Subscription