Facebook Gaming launched its iOS app today—without any games

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Can you really call something a mobile-gaming app when it doesn’t actually have any games? That might seem like a trick question, but it’s a relevant one right now. Today is the day that the Facebook Gaming app has finally arrived for iOS users—without any games.

The Facebook Gaming Android app has been available since April, but iOS users have had to wait. What caused the holdup? It seems that Apple has a rather strict policy that prohibits apps from distributing games from their own storefronts. In order to get its app approved for the App Store, Facebook had to remove casual games like Words With Friends and Uno.

“Unfortunately, we had to remove gameplay functionality entirely in order to get Apple’s approval on the standalone Facebook Gaming app—meaning iOS users have an inferior experience to those using Android,” COO Sheryl Sandberg said in a statement.

“We’re staying focused on building communities for the more than 380 million people who play games on Facebook every month—whether Apple allows it in a standalone app or not,” she added.

Facebook Gaming’s iOS app users will still be able to watch live streams from top gamers. They will also have access to videos from the biggest ESports and video-game publishers. In addition, the app allows users to connect to various gaming groups.

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