UK regulators are investigating Apple’s block on Xbox Game Pass



What you need to know

  • The UK Competition and Markets Authority will investigate how Apple and Google dominate the mobile browser market.
  • The same investigation will also look into Apple restricting cloud gaming through its App Store.
  • Xbox Cloud Gaming and other cloud gaming services are only available on iOS devices through a web browser, which limits visibility.

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a market investigation that will look at how Apple and Google dominate the mobile space. Specifically, it will investigate how the two tech giants “exercise a stranglehold over operating systems, app stores and web browsers on mobile devices.” The investigation will also focus on how Apple restricts cloud gaming through its App Store (via Tom Warren on Twitter).

The launch of the investigation follows consultation by the CMA that illustrated the duopoly that Google and Apple have created in the mobile space. The CMA first announced its plans in June 2022.





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