Starting with iOS 10, the way you interact with Game Center and the people you wish to play games with is now completely different. You no longer need to utilize a friends list to play games with your buddies and strangers.
Since a friends list is no longer necessary for multiplayer purposes, it goes without saying you don’t need to have one anymore. You’ll be happy to know it’s easy to clear your existing friends list and migrate over to the new way of things. We’ll show you how in this tutorial.
Nuking your Game Center friends list
Once you remove all your friends from Game Center, there’s no way to reverse your decision. So make sure you really want to proceed before you do.
If you’re sure you want to go through with it, you can follow these steps to clear your friends list in one fell swoop:
1) Go to Settings → Game Center.
2) Tap on the blue Remove all Game Center Friends button.
3) In the pop-up prompt, tap on the red Remove All Friends option.
All your Game Center friends have now been removed from your Game Center account.
Can I re-add friends to Game Center?
From what it looks like, you can no longer add people as friends on Game Center in iOS 10. Instead, you are going to have to use the new iMessage integration tools to send game invites to other iPhone and iPad users.
Importantly, this only works in supported games, so your ability to do this depends on game developers who’ve added Game Center support to their apps.
To send an invite to someone via iMessage, you need to open a game that supports Game Center. For our example, we’ll show you how it’s done in a popular game called Doodle Jump.
First, you’re going to need to go into the game’s Multiplayer settings, and then tap on the Invite Friends button at the bottom left of the interface.
Once you’re in, you will be presented with an iMessage interface that has a Game Center rich link pre-loaded into the chat box. You can send this to any of your iMessage contacts, or to someone who isn’t in your contacts. This will allow you to play 1-on-1 with that person via Game Center.
While your old “friends list” might no longer have any important uses in iOS 10, it doesn’t mean you can’t play games with other people anymore. It just means the process to start a game with others has changed.
With the Game Center apps removed from iOS and macOS, and with a new way to invite people to play games, having a friends list for the mobile gaming experience really makes no sense anymore anyways.
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