Apple Arcade started the concept of all-you-can-eat subscription-based mobile gaming to the mainstream.
Google Play Pass shortly followed as a way to subscribe to a sizable collection of both apps and games on Android devices.
The Story of GameClub
Now, a startup called GameClub is starting in the U.S. to offer an option.
For $4.99 per month, mobile users will be capable of accessing a library that covers some of the best games to have ever hit the App Store.
To be precise, GameClub is not a cloud gaming program, like Google Stadia.
It is a way to subscribe to original App Store games, related to Arcade.
In GameClub’s situation, the focus is not on fresh releases but on quality games that already have verified track records and high ratings.
Several GameClub games have made Apple’s own editorially chosen “Game of the Year” lists in years past.
And like the games appeared on Apple Arcade, they don’t have ads or any in-app purchases.
At launch, GameClub’s library holds more than 100 titles, with about half that are available for play today.
More titles will roll out every week in the months coming up ahead.
Together, the games have more than 100 million collective downloads, the company says.
On GameClub, you will discover games like Super Crate Box, Hook Champ, Mage Gauntlet, Space Miner, Forget-Me-Not and many others.
It is a choice that spreads over gaming sections, like Action, Arcade, Puzzle, Adventure, Platformer, Retro, Role Playing, Simulation, Strategy and more.
How To Use GameClub
To utilise the service, you first download the main GameClub app, which becomes the centre for your GameClub activities.
You then sign up for the $4.99 per month subscription, which involves a 30-day free trial.
Within the main app, you can scan the available titles as well as see editorial content like in-depth surveys and histories, get tips and learn about gaming strategies.
The startup is situated in New York City, with other offices in Copenhagen.
In addition to the founders, it involves Eli Hodapp, the former editor-in-chief of the popular game news and study site TouchArcade and COO Britt Myers, the former chief product manager of subscription-based ed-tech apps program Homer.
With the end of a seed round last week, GameClub is supported by $4.6 million in funding.
GameClub is currently available on the App Store.
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