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As per this question I've found banners to cause slowdown on iOS 5, it turns out the "welcome, you have been signed in" Game Center message does this too, and on occasion it will interupt me several times in a game if I switch in/out of the app while playing as it logs be in/out repeatedly.

Is there a way to disable this notification while leaving Game Center enabled? I tried revoking the banner notification rights from Game Center but the pop up still appears.

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That login banner is a provided aspect of the Game Center API in the iOS SDKs, as far as I'm aware there is no way as a developer to disable it from opening when the Game Center login completes. As a user, there is certainly no way to disable it, because it is part of the application's compiled source code.

However, note that it's not the banner that is causing the delays and skips. It is actually the entire login process to Game Center. My only advice is when you open a game that has Game Center logins, open it up to the first functional screen, and just wait the ~5-10 seconds it takes to reveal the Game Center banner. After the banner has displayed and disappeared, proceed normally and you should not be affected any further.

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That's pretty much what I've been assuming –  Ben Brocka Feb 6 '12 at 18:25
Funny thing is, I was somewhere with no connectivity ("No service" in the menubar) and I still got the popup. –  Loïc Wolff Feb 6 '12 at 18:26
Unfortunately I don't know the Game Center APIs that well, but the 'Welcome' banner may appear when you have registered with Game Center generally. Online or not. Meaning that the app registered with Game Center in order to react appropriate to achievements, (cached) leaderboards, etc. Generally the Game Center storage. –  Jason Salaz Feb 6 '12 at 18:28
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There does seem to be a way to disable Game Centre, but it's not obvious, or wasn't to me.

Sign out of Game Centre.

If you then start a Game Centre game it will pop up asking you to log in to Game Centre again.

Instead of logging in, press the Cancel button in the top left hand corner. Then Exit the game and repeat until you've opened the game and canceled the Game Centre login three times.

A new dialog pops up asking whether you wish to disable Game Centre. Start the game again and there is none of the Game Centre stuff popping up anymore.

So far this seems to have worked for me. The PITA has kept quiet for now.

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Try this:

Settings > Notifications > Game Center

There you should see all of the options related to alerts, notifications, etc. which you can change, or disable completely.

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The "Welcome back, <YourGameCenterName>" message that appears when a game signs in to Game Center does not appear to be a standard Notification Center banner (it doesn't look like one, for starters), and isn't affected by those settings; I have GC Notifications turned off, and that message still appears. –  Dan J Jan 6 '12 at 22:36
As djacobson said and I indicated in the question, normal notification options don't work, this message seems to be it's own thing. –  Ben Brocka Jan 7 '12 at 2:00
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