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17 April 2019, 12:36 | Casey Mitchell
Prediction Apple Arcade may end up being a bigger winner for Apple than its TV service
The iPhone maker took the wraps off of its game subscription service, dubbed Apple Arcade, late last month at its "Show Time" event, where it also unveiled news and video subscription offerings.
Sources speaking with the Financial Times revealed that numerous games are set to have budgets in the millions, but a keen-eyed industry insider might notice that budgets for larger triple-A titles can range as high as $200 million alone.
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AppleArcade have a better prospective for generating revenue for Cupertino company, as with this package user will slew of premium video games from both independent and well-established and game developers. This is a promise the company plans to keep with its latest investment.
The budget would be used to grant at least timed exclusives for iOS, which would result in games like the next from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, Fantasian, to drop first on that platform.
Apple is bringing out the big bucks for its new 'Netflix for games'.
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Additionally, Apple Arcade games will not be offered on the App Store as normal downloads. Brands like Disney, Konami, Sega, as well as smaller shops that have done well in Apple's App Store like ustwo (which developed the hit game Monument Valley ), are all said to be taking part in Apple Arcade. This uses a subscription model which grants users access to hundreds of gaming titles. They estimate that Apple could earn revenues of around $370m from Arcade service in 2020, which will increase to $4.5bn by 2024.
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