Apple Arcade's future: 🤩 or 💀?

Family-friendly focus makes indie game devs fear the worst.

In case you hadn’t noticed, family-friendly games based on popular franchises are taking over Apple Arcade. And that has some indie game developers feeling left out — and even wondering whether the service is doomed.

A new report, which quotes several anonymous game devs, sheds light on behind-the-scenes forces shaping the future of Apple’s subscription gaming service.

Focusing on kids’ games built around familiar characters like SpongeBob SquarePants might make Apple Arcade a convenient place for family gaming. However, these spurned indie devs fear it will snuff out creativity and doom the service to a slow death.

Also in today’s newsletter:

— Lewis Wallace, managing editor

A message from the Cult of Mac Deals team

A message from the Cult of Mac Deals team

Tweetz o’ the day

One more thing ...

Clearly, iPhone plus iPod touch have created a new class of gaming…. It's a subset of casual gaming, but it's surprising how good some of the games are. And some of them are even approaching console gaming in their sophistication and graphics.

— Steve Jobs, 2010.

Today’s poll

What kind of games should Apple Arcade make?

Login or Subscribe to participate in polls.

Results from Friday’s poll: Are you interested in collaborative playlists?

Best reader comments

Subscribe to The Weekender — Get the week's best Apple news, reviews and how-tos from Cult of Mac, every Saturday morning. Our readers say: "Thank you guys for always posting cool stuff" -- Vaughn Nevins. "Very informative" -- Kenly Xavier.

Join the conversation

or to participate.