While Apple has recently updated its App Store rules to explicitly allow game streaming services, their restrictiveness means we likely won’t see services like Microsoft xCloud or Google Stadia on iOS any time soon. Despite the lack of official options, a Redditor has recently found workaround to use Stadia on iOS devices, and it’s the simplest one yet.
While a Stadia app does exist on the App Store, it doesn’t allow for games to be played on iOS devices–it’s simply a tool that lets players manage Stadia for other devices. The workaround picked up by Redditor u/zmknox, as reported by Engadget, involves its own specialized app, however.
“Over the past few weeks, some tricks were floating around this subreddit for [getting] Stadia working on iOS 14,” the Reddit post reads. “I decided to ship a highly specialized browser app to the App Store which can make doing this super easy.”
The browser app is called Stadium, and is a pretty simple way to access Stadia on iOS once you authenticate the browser with your Google account. Another Redditor, u/GrayBayPlay, has done some work to make it easier to play with a controller through Stadium.
The creator of Stadium says it’s ad-free with no tracking code, but you should always do your due diligence before downloading an unknown browser to your phone.
It’s still unknown whether Stadia or other similar game streaming services will ever come to iOS in an official capacity. Microsoft has released a statement saying Apple’s restrictive game streaming rules create “a bad experience for customers.” It seems like Amazon’s new Luna cloud gaming service has found a workaround that will suit Apple, however–it will run on iOS as a web app.