After 32-bit purge, GameClub raises $2.5M to bring back classic iOS games

After 32-bit purge, GameClub raises $2.5M to bring back classic iOS games

Enlarge / Vlambeer’s Super Crate Box is among the well-remembered iOS titles being brought back thanks to GameClub.

Apple’s 2017 shift from 32-bit to a 64-bit code base for iOS has shut the door on countless games and apps designed during the platform’s early days. Now, a startup called GameClub has attracted $2.5 million dollars in investment to help fix that problem, working with the original developers to update well-remembered premium mobile games for newer devices.

Games originally coded for older, 32-bit iOS devices can be recompiled for newer versions of the operating system. But that requires access to the original source code, which is often held by companies that don’t have the interest or ability to try to find a new market for an old, “defunct” game on their own.

“There’s a surprising amount of detective work involved in identifying who owns the rights and who has the source

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