Apple Reportedly Working On Premium Games Subscription

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple - ready for a Monday event expected to involve the unveiling of streaming video and news subscriptions - is also working on a premium games subscription for its App Store, with discussions with potential partners underway. Bloomberg says the games subscription will focus on iPhones and iPads and pack together paid games from various developers than users can access for a monthly fee.

Cheddar previously reported of a similar service being worked on by Apple way back in January. Going by Bloomberg's piece, Apple would collect monthly fees from consumers who pay for the gaming-related subscription service and disburse the revenue between developers based on how much times users spend on their games. The company would likely consider paid games on the App Store and exempt free-to-download titles that make money via in-app purchases.


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EA's 'Apex Legends' Hits 10 Million Players Within Three Days Of Launch

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Apex Legends, a game developed by Electronic Arts to take on the insanely popular Fortnite battle royale title, signed up 10 million players within three days of its launch according to EA, marking a big reception for the title available on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Apex Legends is similar to Fortnite, with players able to choose their drop point - select exactly where they drop in - and head straight to battle with other gamers.

But Apex Legends comes with unique features like "Respawn Beacons", one-time use locations where defeated teammates can be revived, a communication system that lets players call out enemies, locations and weapons with the use of a button, and an inventory system that automatically attaches gear and equipment to appropriate weapons once they are picked up by players.

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Electronic Arts - the developer behind iconic game titles like FIFA, The Sims, Battlefield V, Madden NFL, Need for Speed, Dragon Age and Mass Effect - recently lowered its yearly revenue forecast due to weak sales of the Battlefield V title, sending its stock down 18% on the markets. The company blames a decision to not release a battle royale version of Battlefield V as one of the reasons the title sold one million lesser units than expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.

It might be looking to compensate for that with "Apex Legends", whose 10 million player milestone hit in three days, took Fortnite about two weeks to hit, according to Eurogamer. The new title is a great start to a new title for EA, following several hassles with non-sports video games for the company. Apex Legends may also add significant revenue for EA, like its competitor Fortnite, whose developer Epic Games, reportedly banked $3 billion profit in 2018.