Apple definitely does not want to hear about cloud gaming on its platform, and has decided to remove the Stadium client that allowed access to Google Stadia.
On the Google side, a Stadia fan had very intelligently developed the “Stadium” application for iOS which also made it possible to use the web version of the service. The application presented itself as an alternative browser to Safari allowing access to the web version of Google Stadia thanks to a modification of theuser agent. This app will be removed by Apple.
No streaming of Stadia on iOS
With the disappearance of this application, Apple once again seems to block cloud gaming services from taking up too much space in its ecosystem. The removal of the app was announced by its developer, @zmknox, and confirmed by the website Vice. According to the developer, the Apple commission responsible for validating or not the applications took more than 3 weeks to render its decision, a sign that this is generating internal debates.
Google does have an official iOS app for Stadia, but it doesn’t allow direct streaming of games. This function is currently reserved for the Android application. Apple has yet to explain why the Stadium app was removed, since it’s technically just an alternative browser. On the phone with the developer, Apple simply mentioned the ban for an application to use the native API for the game controllers of Webkit, Safari’s rendering engine.
We touch here on another closure on the part of Apple on its environment: alternative browsers are forced to use the same rendering engine as Safari on iOS, even when it comes to Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
To take advantage of Stadia on iOS again, we will probably have to wait for the development of this function by Google.