Apple doesn’t want game streaming services in the App Store. However, if you can stream over the internet instead of a dedicated app, that̵
The app is called “Stadium” by the developer Zachary Knox and is a minimal web browser with only two real functions: the possibility to change the information of the user agents and the support of Bluetooth game controllers. The first lets Google’s Stadia web-based client think you’re using the desktop version of Chrome, and the second lets you actually play those games on anything other than a touchscreen.
It works out! While it’s (presumably) not as fluid and seamless as a dedicated Stadia app for iOS, you can play these games on an iPhone or iPad while following Apple’s updated App Store rules for streaming games. And crucially, this third-party web browser doesn’t mention a game streaming service, so Apple can’t claim it’s an attempt to circumvent its guidelines. Users must manually 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. They then need to authenticate on a separate Google website in order to log in successfully.
Of course, Apple isn’t exactly known for applying its rules evenly. If the company decides to remove Stadium from the App Store even without proper explanation, there’s not much the developer can do about it. That call would be economically and politically difficult, however, as Apple is currently in a legal battle over developer access to the App Store and is seeking a possible antitrust investigation.
Right now, it’s time to enjoy Stadia on non-Android phones for the first time. Have fun!
Source: App Store via Android Central