Apple's March 25 "its show time" event is expected to be largely focused on Services, with a new report claiming that the company may debut a subscription service for paid iPhone and iPad games during the presentation as well. While the vast majority of the report reiterates what has already been gleaned about Apple's subscription and news services, it delves a bit more into Apple's rumored games as a service plan. According to the report, Apple isn't looking at building a off-device rendering service like the defunct OnLive, or Google's new Stadia service, it is looking at a paid bundle including titles from different developers, that are all accessible for a single monthly fee.
According to Bloomberg's report from Saturday morning, revenue would be divided up amongst the paid titles in the service according to how long a user played the game. Not expected to be included are titles that are free to play, and rely on in-app purchases for revenue.
Mark Gurman at Bloomberg doesn't pin down a release date. Rather, he suggests that it could be released either at Monday's "Its show time" event, or later in the year, at Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference in June.
With Tim Cooks Apple going through BlackBerry Syndrome and sales falling faster than a truck blowing up downward off a slope, Apple is now trying to jump into a service oriented business model.
One of the rumored models will involve gaming. Focusing on a games-on-demand service model where you can pay a yearly or monthly subscription on your iPhone or Ipad mobile device and gain access to several games at once. Some of these will be in packs where you can get multiple games as once and revenue is shared between the developers, and also Apple.
We shall see if this will change Apples future outlook. One strategy they could try is to actually do something with MAC as well since there's basically nothing on it, so having a service that goes through all Apples software products would be great. Will it work? Who knows, but one thing to note is Tim Cook has made many incompetent moves so anything can happen.