POST Luxembourg becomes the world’s first mobile operator to extend cloud gaming services to Apple iPhones and iPads through Blacknut’s new Progressive Web App (PWA)
Paris, 1 April 2021- After teaming up to launch cloud gaming over 5G, cloud-gaming specialist Blacknut and POST Luxembourg, the leading telecommunications group in Luxembourg, have worked together to add iPhone and iPad support to POST’s 5GPower cloud gaming service thanks to a new progressive web app (PWA). The web app means that POST users who have signed up for 5GPower can play on their iPhones and iPads as well as on PC, Mac, Android phone, Amazon Fire Stick and compatible Android Smart TV.
The new app makes POST the world’s first mobile operator to offer cloud gaming to its iPhone users, which make up a significant proportion of its subscribers. The 5GPower service gives players access to the whole Blacknut games catalogue, which is the biggest of any dedicated cloud gaming platform having recently passed the 500 game milestone. Every game can be played on any supported device, with the ability to start a game session on one and continue on another.
After Apple’s decision to block native cloud gaming apps from its store, iPhone and iPad users have been excluded from the play-anywhere experience and convenience that cloud gaming offers. With no sign of any movement by Apple, the only option is to create a progressive web app (PWA) which users add to their home screen just like an app. When the user clicks on the PWA, it opens a browser connection to the Blacknut service, with the same connection speed and quality as a native app.
Blacknut is a leading cloud gaming provider that enables ISPs, device manufacturers, OTT services and media companies to quickly launch their own streaming games services, as well as serving gamers in 40 countries through its own-brand Blacknut subscription service. POST was the first EU mobile operator to launch Blacknut’s cloud gaming over 5G in October 2020.
“Since launching our cloud gaming service with Blacknut, the response from our subscribers has been beyond our expectations, with 5G delivering a fantastic experience. But until now, an experience that has excluded iPhone users. It’s thanks to the work by Blacknut that POST is the first mobile operator to make cloud gaming available to everyone,” said Cliff Konsbruck, Director POST Telecom.
“Apple’s stance on native cloud gaming apps has been well publicised, preventing gamers from accessing streaming services through the normal app channels. No mobile operator wants to launch a service that doesn’t include as many subscribers as possible, so it was important we find a solution. Now, iPhone users can join in the fun and experience cloud gaming the way it should be, “said Olivier Avaro, CEO of Blacknut.
POST subscribers can sign up to Blacknut’s cloud gaming service directly from POST, with the monthly subscription included at no extra cost for the first year. POST customers that don’t opt for the 5G service can still subscribe to Blacknut as an additional service.
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Blacknut is the world’s leading pure player cloud gaming service dedicated to the public, distributed both direct to consumers and B2B through ISPs, device manufacturers, OTT services & Media companies. Blacknut offers the most extensive catalogue of premium games with 400+ titles carefully selected for the whole family, all included in a monthly subscription. The service is now available across Europe, Asia & North America on a wide range of devices, including mobiles, set-top-boxes and Smart TVs. Blacknut was founded in 2016 by Olivier Avaro (CEO) and is headquartered in Rennes, France, with offices in Paris, Seoul and San Francisco.
About POST Luxembourg
POST Luxembourg is the leading operator of postal and telecommunications services in the country and offers its services to residential and professional customers. Other activities include postal financial services and stamp collecting. With more than 4,600 employees working within the Company and its subsidiaries, the POST Luxembourg Group is the number one employer in Luxembourg. Founded in 1842 as an administration, POST Luxembourg is a public company owned by the Luxembourg State since 1992. Facilitating the communication and transmission of information, data and content between individuals and companies in Luxembourg and in the world is the vision of the POST Luxembourg Group.