Apple to Promote iOS Games With New Dedicated Twitter Account

Apple today expanded its presence on social networking site Twitter, creating a new Twitter account dedicated to sharing App Store games. According to the account bio, which features the tagline, "Embrace the future of gaming," it's run by Apple's team of Games Editors.

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Apple has long had an App Store Twitter account that frequently shares new and popular games, but it also shares standard apps, creating a feed that's somewhat unfocused. Apple appears to have made the decision to distinguish and promote games separately from non-gaming apps going forward, in an effort to streamline each account and give both games and regular apps more attention.

Games have been a cornerstone of the App Store since it first launched, and Apple makes an effort to highlight different game compilations and editor's picks on a weekly basis, in addition to offering frequent sales and detailed gaming categories.


It is not clear why Apple has chosen today to create a new Twitter account for gaming as gaming on iOS has been highly popular for several years, but it could be related to the fact that the App Store is set to expand to a new device in the very near future, the Apple TV. Launching next week, the new Apple TV will include a full App Store and a motion-enabled remote control able to be used for gaming purposes.

Thus far, the App Store Games account has only tweeted once, but following a retweet from the main App Store account, it's already at more than a thousand followers in just a half hour.

Update: The Verge spoke to Apple about the new App Store Games account and got some details on how it will be used. App Store editors will share sneak previews of games, tips and tricks, and profiles of talented gamers. The account will also let App Store editors interact with game developers, and it's "part of a broader push into gaming."

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RDeckard Avatar
114 months ago
Just to pre-populate the comments for the typical whiners out there:

* Aha! This must mean game sales are tanking for Apple.
* Desperate Apple - they'll be bankrupt in a few months!
* No one plays games on phones.
* Apple just wants you to buy moar(!) games from their stupid app store. Dumb! I'd rather pirate games and apps.
* Steve Jobs would never tweet about games!
* None of these stupid phone games compare to those on my (insert console or PC here). Lame! Besides, I don't get phone reception in my mom's basement.
* Etc. etc. etc.


Oh, I almost forgot:

* Fire Tim Cook!!!
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MacFather Avatar
114 months ago
Deleted.
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WestonHarvey1 Avatar
114 months ago
This was a good reminder to unfollow the AppStore on Twitter. What irritating noise.
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Robert.Walter Avatar
114 months ago
I wish apple would get blue seals of approval on their company and exec Twitter accounts. Sometimes it's hard to tell if it is official.
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iapplelove Avatar
114 months ago
Apple TV + games/AppStore = has my money.
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McGiord Avatar
114 months ago
Perhaps Apple TV will run iOS?
I think it already does...doesn't it?
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