New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 1 2022 12:16 PM IST
By Manas Tiwari: It’s been another incredible year for first person shooters (FPS), where a few new titles rose to fame, while a well-known India-specific game was delisted. Apex Legends Mobile, the smartphone version of the popular game of the same name, has been announced as the App Store’s iPhone Game of the Year 2022. It makes the prestigious list along with several other apps and games that were introduced in the last 12 months. BeReal, a photo-sharing platform, hailed as Instagram Rival was named iPhone App of the Year, while Gentler Streak (an exercise and fitness tracker) was named Apple Watch App of 2022.
The list also included some interesting options like MacFamilyTree 10 (Mac App of the Year), which is a one-time purchase app and allows you to discover and experience your personal family history. The app is also available for iPhone and iPad as MobileFamilyTree.
In addition to curating the best apps and games for Apple devices, the Apple App Store also selected five Cultural Impact winners who have made a lasting impact on people’s lives and influenced culture.
App Store Awards Winners 2022
iPhone App of the Year: BeReal, by BeReal
iPad App of the Year: GoodNotes 5 by Time Base Technology Limited
Mac App of the Year: MacFamilyTree 10 by Synium Software GmbH
Apple TV App of the Year: ViX, from TelevisaUnivision Interactive, Inc.
Apple Watch App of the Year: Smoother Streak, by Gentler Stories LLC
iPhone Game of the Year: Apex Legends Mobile by Electronic Arts
iPad Game of the Year: Moncage of XD Network Inc.
Mac Game of the Year: Encryption, Return
Apple TV Game of the Year: The Son, by HandyGames
Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Wylde Flowers by Studio Drydock Pty Ltd
Chinese Game of the Year: League of Legends Esports Manager, Shen-zhen Tencent Tianyou Technology Ltd
Created by Electronic Arts, Apex Legends Mobile saw an influx of players soon after BGMI or Battlegrounds Mobile India was banned in India, two of its top executives revealed in a conversation with Fiiber. For the uninitiated, BGMI was banned by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) earlier this year under section 69A of the IT Act 2000.
Obviously, the developers weren’t prepared for this surge in users and found it difficult to handle the rush of a game that was in its early days, but the Apex team was quick to react and beef up their servers to deal with the increased load.
“We have servers in 3 cities in India. When BGMI was banned, we hardened the servers and tried to understand what Indian players want. We’ve seen an influx of players, and we expect those players to stick around,” Myke Hoff, Respawn Entertainment’s Senior Director of Product and Kevin Childress, Respawn Entertainment’s Creative Director, told Fiiber in an exclusive conversation.
Apex Legends Mobile was released on Android and iOS on May 17, 2022, while BGMI was banned on September 2 of this year.
The game hopes to retain its users by introducing new legends, maps, and modes over the next year. The focus will also be on providing a mobile-first experience, executives say.
When asked if it is easier to optimize the game for iOS or Android, they answered: “There is a lot that the game needs in terms of processing power. We’re keeping in touch with the folks at Apple and Google to make sure the process goes smoothly. Initially, we had limited device support to maintain a quality experience, but our goal is to attract more players, regardless of device.”
As of now, the game has only two Legends or mobile-exclusive characters. Fade was introduced as the first mobile-exclusive Legend when the game launched, while Rhapsody was added with the release of Season 2: Distortion.