Apple does not want gaming services in the App Store. But if you can stream via the web instead of a dedicated app, that̵7;s okay – at least that’s what Amazon is tapping into with its new Luna streaming service. A Stadia fan has decided that it’s good enough to try to bring Google’s service to the iPhone.
The app is called “Stadium” from developer Zachary Knox, and it is a minimal browser with only two real features: the ability to change user agent information and support for Bluetooth game controls. The first is so that you can make Google’s web-based Stadia client believe that you are using the desktop version of Chrome, and the second is so that you can actually play said games on something other than a touch screen.
It works! While it’s (probably) not as fluid and seamless as a dedicated Stadia app for iOS would be, it lets you play these games on an iPhone or iPad, while staying within Apple’s updated App Store rules for game streaming. And crucially, this third-party developer browser does not actually mention a game streaming service, so Apple can not claim that it is an attempt to circumvent its policies. Users must enter both the Stadia URL and the Chrome user agent string: Mozilla / 5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_15_5) AppleWebKit / 537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome / 85.0.4183.83 Safari / 537.36. Then they need to authenticate on a separate Google site to log in.
Of course, Apple has not exactly been known to apply its rules alone. If the company decides to fire Stadium from the App Store, even without an adequate explanation, there is not much the developer can do about it. But making that call would be difficult in terms of business and politics, as Apple is currently fighting a legal battle over the developer’s access to the App Store and is staring down at a potential antitrust investigation.
At the moment, it’s time to enjoy Stadia on phones that are not Android for the first time. Have fun!
Source: App Store via Android Central