Last week we looked at the gaming slump affecting the Apple App Store. It is unclear why 2019 has been devoid from good releases, but we speculated that it may have something to do with Apple's upcoming subscription service. The tech giant didn't spend much time on Apple Arcade at its Services event earlier this month, but the Finacial Times has since learned that Apple has budgeted more the $500 million for its gaming service.
It has been a weird year for games on the App Store. There seems to be a shortage of quality titles each week, making selecting an App of the Week a difficult task. Perhaps developers are waiting for Apple's new subscription service Apple Arcade. If that is the case, it is going to be a long year for mobile gamers until the service is available in the fall.
Apple Arcade subscriptions allow access for up to "six family members." Subscribers will need to set up a Family Sharing account to be able to share their Apple Arcade subscription with up to five other accounts that have the same credit card associated with their Apple IDs.
You can set up a Family Sharing account by going to Settings > [your name] > Set Up Family Sharing. All you need is an active Apple ID signed in to iCloud and iTunes to create an account. Your Apple ID can only be part of one family at a time.
Apple Arcade includes "over 100 groundbreaking new games," according to Apple. The subscription service was announced on March 25th for the fall of 2019. Apple Arcade was introduced alongside Apple's other new subscription services Apple News+ and Apple TV+.