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Brands Find Workarounds for Apple App Ban


24 Jul 2019

A few weeks ago we brought you the news that Apple had thrown a big spanner into the mobile casino market, banning applications that weren’t built using the company’s own iOS coding. This was a huge issue as mobile casino software uses a standard HTML5 coding, and it left gaming companies struggling to find a workaround without having to rewrite all their games for iOS.

Rush Street Interactive

Rush Street Interactive are one of the biggest software suppliers to the market, powering the massive playsugarhouse.com sports and casino website. Now the company think it’s found a solution to the problem, allowing Apple users to continue gambling with their iOS devices.

Play Sugar House provides games for the Pennsylvania market and others, and they say that if customers download a geolocation detecting app, which is available on the App store they’ll be able to access iOS games just as easily as if they had any other device.

Play Sugar House says that now when Apple users log into their account they’ll be prompted to download the geolocation app, this app will allow access to the players’ location when using the gambling website.

No Statement from Apple

We’re not sure why a geolocation app would overrule Apple’s demand for iOS games rather than HTML5 games, but Rush Street Interactive has assured players in a press release that this is the case. It’s possible that if this is a viable workaround, Apple may now find another way to insist that games are rewritten in HTML5 but with no statement from the tech giant to date, we have no further information here.

However, it’s likely that we will get a response from Apple this week, and that response may be another blow to gambling firms.