US sues Apple over smartphone ‘monopoly’, citing cloud gaming as a key

The US has filed a lawsuit against Apple, accusing it of illegally limiting competitors and holding a monopoly over the smartphone market. In its lawsuit, the US Department of Justice gives five key examples of areas in which Apple allegedly supresses competition, one of which is cloud streaming game apps (the others are ‘super apps’, messaging, smartwatches and digital wallets). The cloud gaming section argues that Apple has prevented developers from offering cloud gaming apps on the App Store, claiming that one of the main reasons for this is to force them to buy more expensive hardware. The argument made is that if players could stream games over the cloud with App Store apps, they could play visually impressive games using older Apple devices, rather than having to update to more powerful and expensive hardware to do so.


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