This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Apple's removal of Epic Games' popular Fortnite game app from the App Store has led to an all-out confrontation between the two companies, and Spotify, which is still in a longstanding dispute with Apple over fee payments, has released a statement in support of Epic.
Spotify issued the following statement via Peter Kafka of tech news site Recode.
Spotify, which has had a long-running battle with Apple and filed an antitrust complaint of its own, weighs in on Epic v Apple. Spoiler: Spotify supports Epic. pic.twitter.com/FPNLmRNYBx— Peter Kafka (@pkafka) August 13, 2020
Epic is appealing the 30% fee it charges for selling V-Bucks, Fortnite's in-game currency, through the in-app purchase mechanism, with an update that makes it 20% cheaper if you choose to buy them directly from the company. Apple has just removed this as a violation of App Store guidelines.
This is exactly what happened when Spotify went to the European Commission, claiming that Spotify's update to change its in-app billing system was rejected by the App Store and that Apple's 30 percent commission on the App Store was undermining fair competition. Looking back at the company's several subsequent charges against Apple for violating competition law, it's quite natural to root for Epic.
Accusations that Apple is trying to use its dominance of the App Store to shut out apps that compete with its own services were also voiced in the gaming arena, such as Microsoft's xCloud and Facebook Gaming (Apple's own service, in this case, is Apple Arcade).
According to Reuters, a spokesperson for the European Commission, when asked about these MS and Facebook issues, released a statement saying "The Commission is aware of these concerns regarding Apple's App Store rules".
While no specific policy or measures were mentioned, the Commission only announced in June of this year that it would open a formal investigation into Apple following complaints filed by Rakuten Kobo and others. It may be more than just a dispute between companies, and Apple may be forced to take tough action eventually.
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