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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

As Apple faces pressure to grow its service business to compete with content giants like Netflix and Amazon, the company is reportedly planning to launch a subscription-based gaming service.

Since the platform is in its early stages of development, it remains difficult to assume what kind of games would be included or how much would the subscription cost.


The iPhone-maker has been privately discussing the service idea with game developers mid-2018.

The company has also discussed partnering with developers as a publisher which could signal Apple’s ambition to assume distribution, marketing and other related costs for select games, news website Cheddar reported on Monday.

Currently, Apple is developing a slew of original shows for a video streaming service to rival Netflix and partnering with carriers to boost the subscriber base for Apple Music.

Mobile gaming and e-sports are expected to become a $100 billion industry by 2021 and at a time where iPhone sales are slowing down, a subscription service for App Store games could provide a boost to Apple’s revenue.


A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Apple currently takes a 30 per cent cut of App Store purchases but lowers that fee to 15 per cent after the first year of a subscription.

If Apple functioned like a publisher for games it sold through a subscription, it could entice developers to create exclusive games for the service by cutting the fees they would normally pay to an outside firm for user acquisition, marketing and other distribution-related costs, the report said.

In 2017, CEO Tim Cook set a goal of doubling the services business to $50 billion by 2020 and the services accounted for $39.75 billion in revenue for Apple’s 2018 fiscal year,

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Apple’s services, which include paid offerings include iCloud storage, Apple Music and others have been determined to be the company’s fastest-growing business segment.

As of now, the company has not announced anything officially about this service that is intended to function like Netflix for games and could ultimately decide to abandon it, the report noted. (IANS)


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Tokyo Olympics 2020 Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar enter semi finals.

Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar (57kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) enjoyed fruitful outings at the Tokyo Olympic Games as they secured semifinal berths in their respective weight categories at the Makuhari Messe on Wednesday.

On the opening day of the wrestling competition, Ravi Kumar defeated Bulgaria's Georgi Vangelov 14-4 on technical superiority to reach the last-four in the men's 57kg category, while compatriot Deepak Punia overcame China's Zushen Lin 6-3 on points to advance to the semifinals.

Ravi Kumar will take on Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in the last-four, while Punia will be up against David Morris Taylor of the USA.

Earlier, Ravi Kumar had won his opening-round bout by technical superiority against Colombia's Oscar Tigreros to secure a quarterfinal spot. Competing in the Round-of-16 bout against the Colombian wrestler, the 23-year-old Ravi Kumar, who is making his Olympic debut, showed no nerves as he dominated the bout to win by technical superiority (13-2).

Ravi Kumar landed attack after attack and went 13-2 up, winning the bout by technical superiority with minutes to spare. In wrestling, building up a 10-point lead over the opponent results in a victory by technical superiority.

India's 86kg freestyle wrestler Deepak Punia showed no signs of the niggle that had forced him to pull out of the Poland Open Ranking Series in Warsaw in June, as he defeated Nigeria's Ekerekeme Agiomor on technical superiority to secure a quarterfinal berth.

He got his Olympic campaign to a fine start as he was in control from the start of the bout and hardly ever allowed his Nigerian opponent any room to maneuver his moves, finally winning with a 12-1 on technical superiority.

Punia, who had also suffered an elbow injury just before the Games, was slow at the start but came into his own as the bout progressed, inflicting takedowns at regular intervals to earn points.

The Indian wrestler eased into a 4-1 lead at the break and extended his lead comfortably in the second period.

Punia, the silver medallist from the 2019 world wrestling championships, then set up a clash with China's Lin Zushen in the quarterfinals and defeated him 6-3.

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