Late in September, the Stadium custom browser showed up that allowed iOS 14 devices to run Google Stadia. The browser basically does all the workarounds needed to make Stadia on iOS for you so you can just get to the gaming part. And it looks like Apple is not happy about it.
On Twitter, the maker of Stadium, Zachary Knox said that Stadium is getting removed from the Apple App Store. He said that the iPhone maker was not happy with his “extending WebKit” by “hooking it into the native GameController framework”. This may have to do with the Bluetooth support for controllers.
I was “extending WebKit” by hooking it into the native GameController framework and thus Bluetooth controllers, which they didn’t like.
— Zach (@zmknox) October 19, 2020
At the time of writing, Stadium is still available on the Apple App Store, and has gotten almost 15000 downloads. It’s not a large number, but to be fair, the same could quite safely be said about the Stadia userbase. After all, it’s not exactly widely available, nor does it have the best business model. At least, on the consumer end of things.
Ultimately, if Google really wanted Stadia to work with iOS, it probably won’t need a third party app to help do it. It could do something similar to Amazon Luna, and Microsoft’s xCloud. Which is what Stadium was meant to do in the first place.
(Source: Zachary Knox / Twitter)