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iOS GameCenter

What about iOS Game Center?
 

x3sphere

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What about iOS Game Center?
Didn't Apple remove the Game Center app? It seems the functionality is still there for games that supported it, but are new games coming out with Game Center features?
 
Some new games support Game Center, and the Game Center app Is still available on old iPhones.
 
Any update?
 

x3sphere

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Sorry, I looked into it and it doesn't seem feasible to add. The biggest issue is that I don't see a way of searching for other users on GameCenter and viewing their profile without having them added as a friend.

I did see Apple is coming out with a new Arcade service. Maybe they will change some things when that arrives.

edit: I moved discussion to a new thread so it's not in the Battle.net one.
 
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You’re right. Adding friends is no longer possible. Let’s wait the arcade service for news.
 
Yeah, unfortunately in iOS 12 (I think, can't remember the version) Apple removed Gane Center app, only leaves a backbone in settings and that's about it.
Hopefully Apple Arcade will change that.
I was about to ask the same thing lol
 
Good news everyone! With iOS 13 it seems that Apple re-added the feature of adding friends!
 
Sooo?
 

x3sphere

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I don't have an iOS device right now to look into it. I'd rather wait until the Arcade service launches since that will be accessible from macOS.
 
Okok
 
They don’t have readded the app, but the feature of adding friends in the settings.
And if you have an iPhone or an iPad with iOS 9 or earlier, you can use the app to see your friends stats.
 

MrSpidey

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Hi there. Apple Arcade launched and as per above, you can't see friends stats under game center in the settings (unless you're on iOS 9 or earlier). Is there any chance of still adding support for this?
 
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x3sphere

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Hi there. Apple Arcade launched and as per above, you can see friends stats now under game center in the settings. Any chance of adding support for this?
There's no way to actually search for players though, is there? Unless I'm missing something, when I tap "Add Friend" and start typing a username there - it just searches my contact list. It doesn't offer suggestions of other GameCenter users, that's what we would need to pull up player data.

Also as far as I can tell... the only way to find other users by their username alone is by looking on the individual leaderboards of games. Unfortunately those still don't have a search functionality, at least in the games I checked, so can't be used for look up purposes.
 
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x3sphere

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You’re referring to the search on that screenshot right?

You can put in an email that doesn’t have a GameCenter account and it will still send the request, so there’s nothing that indicates it is an actual user until they accept your friend request.

It works nothing like other services do, ie. show other players as suggestions when you type a username.

And retrieving achievements etc, requires a player ID not username. Which is similar to how other services work as well, the issue is there’s no way we can get this ID if they don’t have a global search.

I spent quite a bit of time looking into it. Also checked if the new Apple sign in feature could be tied to GameCenter somehow but it can’t. Maybe they will eventually open up the service more.
 
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You’re referring to the search on that screenshot right?

You can put in an email that doesn’t have a GameCenter account and it will still send the request, so there’s nothing that indicates it is an actual user until they accept your friend request.

It works nothing like other services do, ie. show other players as suggestions when you type a username.

And retrieving achievements etc, requires a player ID not username. Which is similar to how other services work as well, the issue is there’s no way we can get this ID if they don’t have a global search.

I spent quite a bit of time looking into it. Also checked if the new Apple sign in feature could be tied to GameCenter somehow but it can’t. Maybe they will eventually open up the service more.
Yeah
Thanks. I got it now...
 
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