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Emulators Now Allowed on App Store


Apple has updated its App Store guidelines to allow the distribution of video game console emulators, marking a significant shift in policy. Developers can now offer emulator apps, such as Emu64 XL and VICE, on the store, with the ability to charge for in-app purchases. This move is seen as a response to regulatory pressure and presents new revenue opportunities for Apple while aligning with the trend of making classic games more accessible on modern platforms.


 

Apple has recently made a significant update to its App Store guidelines, now permitting the distribution of video game console emulators. This move marks a notable departure from its previous stance, where such emulators were effectively banned due to restrictions on apps running external code. The updated guideline, 4.7, explicitly includes "retro game console emulator apps" among those permitted in the store, provided they meet certain criteria.


Under this new policy, developers are responsible for ensuring that any software loaded into their apps complies with various guidelines and laws. This includes privacy regulations, content filtering, and age ratings for the highest-rated content available. Emulators like Emu64 XL and VICE, catering to fans of the Commodore 64, have already made their way onto the App Store as free downloads, without in-app purchases.


Apple's decision to allow these emulators on its platform is seen as a response to regulatory pressure and an opportunity to tap into new revenue streams through retro game sales and related in-app purchases. It also reflects a broader industry trend of making classic games more accessible on modern devices.

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