Apple changed the rules of the App Store to allow classic games to be made available globally.

Apple updated its App Store rules on Friday to allow emulators for console games to be globally integrated with the operating system, with an option to download titles. However, the company cautioned that developers are responsible for ensuring that copyright laws are respected.


Android users now have access to a large number of emulators to play the old classics on their devices. Apple's update will likely encourage some of these developers to bring their emulators to the App Store.


The company stated that these emulators must use an in-app purchase mechanism to provide digital products. With Apple having to change the rules of the App Store due to regulations, these kinds of games provide another revenue stream for the company.


When Apple released the first set of rules to comply with the European Union's Digital Markets (DMA) rules, the company also announced it would allow game streaming stores globally. In addition, it updated the App Store rules at that time to support in-app purchases for minigames and AI chatbots.


Apple also updated the clause on Friday to offer plugins to cover small HTML5-based apps, possibly including services provided by super apps like WeChat.


"Apps may provide specific software that is not embedded in the binary, specifically HTML5 applets and minigames, streamed games, chatbots, and plugins. "In addition, retro game console emulator apps can download games."


Last month, when the US Department of Justice sued Apple, the crackdown on super apps was one of five points in a lawsuit over the company's monopoly practices.


Another major upgrade in the rules would allow music streaming services like Spotify to display information about subscriptions and other digital purchases, along with links to direct users to their websites to complete the purchase.


The music streaming platform said that Apple has not yet confirmed the shipment. Spotify said it is still reviewing the updated rules from Apple.


Complying with the law is not optional, but Apple continues to defy this decision. As of April 6, the commission can start investigating violations and impose daily fines. "It's time to take decisive action to give consumers real choice once and for all," Spotify spokesperson Jane Moran said in a statement to TechCrunch.