Report claims Apple Arcade payments have declined significantly, leaving devs concerned

Sonic Dream Team
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A new report claims that the payments made to game developers for their Apple Arcade releases have declined significantly over the years, which has apparently left some concerned for the service’s future. 

This comes from, which has cited anonymous sources who claim that both upfront payments for new Apple Arcade releases and “bonus pool” payments have gone down since Apple’s game subscription service was launched. Reportedly, these bonus pool payments are calculated using a “qualifying session” metric, but it’s not clear what this metric actually means or how it works. One of the report’s sources partially explained it as being related to how long gamers play a game for and how often they come back to it.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding how this payment is calculated, it’s claimed that developers aren’t sure about how to question Apple regarding why the numbers are declining in the first place. One anonymous developer reportedly told that they expect payments to keep going down until it gets to the point where putting games on Apple Arcade in the first place is far less viable than it once was. 

TechRadar Gaming has reached out to Apple to verify this information, and we will update this article if we receive a response. 

Apple Arcade was launched in 2019, and over the years, it’s been the host of a number of popular games. Recent releases include the adorable Tamagotchi Adventure Kingdom, which sees players step into the shoes of iconic character Mametchi on a quest to restore the kingdom and make new friends. Last year, a brand-new Sonic the Hedgehog game, Sonic Dream Team, was launched, which TechRadar Gaming’s hardware editor Rhys Wood previously described as “brilliant.”

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Catherine Lewis
News Writer, TechRadar Gaming

Catherine is a News Writer for TechRadar Gaming. Armed with a journalism degree from The University of Sheffield, she was sucked into the games media industry after spending far too much time on her university newspaper writing about Pokémon and cool indie games, and realising that was a very cool job, actually. She previously spent 19 months working at GAMINGbible as a full-time journalist. She loves all things Nintendo, and will never stop talking about Xenoblade Chronicles.