Apple Unleashes Game Subscription Model With Big Fish Games

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Following the success of subscription services through Newsstand, Apple's given the go-ahead for a game subscription service from Big Fish Games. For $6.99 a month you'll have unlimited streaming access to a whole host of iPad games.

Unfortunately users will have to be connected to the internet to play the games, as they'll be "streamed" to the user's device. Whether that'll mean OnLive-style streaming — the iPad is just a dumb monitor and controller — or whether it'll be a Steam-style activation via the internet to prevent piracy, we don't know. I'm presuming the latter. The service will be available at an introductory price of $4.99 a month till next year, but would you pay for a subscription service for just one publisher's games on your iPad? And do you play enough games on said-tablet to justify another monthly cost? I certainly don't. [Bloomberg via The Verge via Gizmodo UK]


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I hate the way Big Fish Games do their business. I hate how almost all of their games are listed as "free" and you're never told how much it actually costs until you download the whole game then choose to buy the unlock key.

Just sell the damn thing on the App Store at the price it costs so we can all see how much it is, instead of suckering in people with the "free" marker, or wasting the time of people willing to pay but only at the right price, forcing them to download it just to see how much it costs. Be upfront.