Apple Pulls Shadow Cloud Gaming Service From App Store for Violating Guidelines

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Cloud gaming service Shadow has had its apps removed from the App Store after it was found to be in violation of Apple's guidelines.

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For those unfamiliar with the service, Shadow allows subscribers to play triple-A titles on their smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes and computers, while high-end remote servers take the burden of processing the graphically intensive games.

The French company that runs the service confirmed via a Reddit post that Apple has removed its streaming apps for iOS and Apple TV from the ‌App Store‌ for a "failure to act in accordance with a specific part of the Apple ‌App Store‌ Guidelines." The Shadow app for Macs was unaffected by the other apps' removal and remains available on the Shadow website.

In the announcement, the company said it was "currently investigating the situation" and would be working on a plan to bring Shadow back to Apple device users as soon as possible.

It's unclear what aspect of Apple's ‌App Store‌ policy the service has contravened, but the situation sounds similar to when Apple rejected Valve's Steam Link app in May 2018 due to ‌App Store‌ review guideline violations related to in-app purchases.

Valve's app eventually returned to the ‌App Store‌ a later, but only after it removed the option to purchase games from within the app.

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Top Rated Comments

GeoStructural Avatar
12 months ago


Hmm, smells of anti competitive Arcade....

Absolutely anticompetitive and they need to be stopped.


when you come into my house I’ll make sure you take your shoes off. It’s Apple’s rules.

No. You pay over $1000 for your phone or tablet, it belongs to you. The App Store has rules, but those rules have to be within the law, with over a billion active devices they cannot monopolize something as harmless as offering games, come on, it is not like they are offering pornography.

As developers they also have to pay Apple to have their application in the store, they have a right to ask and make things fair. There is also no alternative store on the ecosystem, which is not very fair to begin with. Apps installed from the AppStore are NOT more secure, that’s an effing lie, review process is very weak when it comes to privacy and security, they mostly screen for stupid stuffs like “embracing the notch”, “usage of shaking/vibrating” and complying with Apple’s financial advantage.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redneckitengineer Avatar
12 months ago
Hmm, smells of anti competitive Arcade....
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Scottsoapbox Avatar
12 months ago
Is it really too much to ask that the hourly workers that are deciding the fate of all but the biggest apps list the violated guideline(s)?

Seems bizarre that the default is for the developer to have to guess what they did wrong.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarlJ Avatar
12 months ago


But when you force me into your house at gunpoint.... because you hate your neighbors.... Just saying

Who forced you at gunpoint to buy an iPhone? Have they been arrested and prosecuted for doing so?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redneckitengineer Avatar
12 months ago


I mean, I won’t pretend Apple isn’t at fault and they’re potentially stopping competition for Apple Arcade, but in the same way when you come into my house I’ll make sure you take your shoes off. It’s Apple’s rules.

But when you force me into your house at gunpoint.... because you hate your neighbors.... Just saying
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Appleman3546 Avatar
12 months ago
It’s too bad that iOS on our phones don’t have a way to download apps from the browser like Macs...it is funny that Apple only removed the iOS app where that is the sole distribution method
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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