Apple Removes Game Center App from iOS 10 Developer Beta [Updated]

Six years after debuting in iOS 4, Game Center has now been quietly removed from Apple’s mobile operating system, as a few early iOS 10 beta testers have noted. users have the option of removing some of its preinstalled apps with the new operating system, it looks like Game Center in particular is being removed for good. However, it’s unclear whether the app will be available for download from the App Store when iOS 10 goes public this fall.

As pointed out MacRumors‘sister site TouchArcade, Game Center is still not completely gone as a service. In the release notes For the first beta of iOS 10, Apple explains that if a developer wants Game Center-like ratings in their app, they’ll have to implement those features themselves.

• The Game Center app has been deleted. If your game implements the features of GameKit, it must also implement the necessary UI behavior for the user to see those features. For example, if your game supports leaderboards, it can present a GKGameCenterViewController object or read data directly from Game Center to implement a custom user interface.
• A new account type, implemented by the GKCloudPlayer class, supports iCloud-only game accounts.
Game Center offers a new generalized solution for managing persistent data storage on Game Center. A game session (GKGameSession) has a list of players who are the participants of the session. Your game implementation defines when and how a participant stores or retrieves data from the server or exchanges data between players. Gaming sessions can often replace existing turn-based matches, real-time matches, and persistent saves, and also allow for other models of participant interaction.

When introduced, Game Center was touted as a way for users to visit a centralized hub of all of their gaming apps on iOS, although not all games support Apple’s app. Game Center provided profiles, achievements, leaderboards, status updates on the games most recently played by friends, and a dedicated “Tours” tab to keep track of which games were using asynchronous multiplayer features.

Apple appears to be fixing several user issues with its original apps in Developer Beta iOS 10, allowing the deletion of more than 20 of its proprietary applications, a feature long requested by many users in recent years.

Check out other iOS 10 features in our treat article here.

Update: As a user has highlighted on Twitter, “Game Center” was mentioned in the name during the watchOS 3 section of the keynote. What this means for the future of the service, whether on iOS or watchOS, is still unclear.

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Update 2: Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that “Game Center will continue as a service, but it will no longer be available as a stand-alone application.”