Published: Tue, September 15, 2020
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Facebook pushes back against Apple’s App Store fees

Facebook pushes back against Apple’s App Store fees

However for transactions arranged on iOS, Apple has insisted on taking their 30% App Store cut, despite Facebook's request to give small businesses a break, meaning on the web or Android businesses get 100% of the money, but on iOS they only get 70%.

The Epic Games lawsuits against both Apple and Google over their respective app store policies for mobile devices has, unsurprisingly, dominated the tech news headlines the past couple of days. In the future, Epic is open to altering the deal "if Apple and Google lower their fees on payments".

Apple confirmed in a statement to The Verge that they removed the game from their app because it violated the App store guidelines regarding in-app payments. And, this was enough to enrage the game developer i.e., Epic, which has landed up in the court challenging companies' rule.

A scene from the "Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite" short released by popular video game Fortnite. Back in August 2018, Epic games pulled itself out from Google Playstore and distributed everything directly, which Android allowed since it allows third party software downloads.


For the time being, Fortnite is still available on both app stores. On Android, Epic still offers direct downloads, and Sweeny does plan to launch the Epic Store for Android at some point. The bans have in turn allowed Epic Games to sue both companies for potential antitrust violations, but we're also learning more about what Google has apparently done to hurt Epic Games.

To update/install Fortnite on iOS, open the iOS app store, and tap on the account icon, as shown below. On mobile, players will see the App Store or Google Play payment option next to the Epic direct payment option.

"Epic's lawsuit alleges that Apple has become a 'behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition and stifle innovation, '" Ian Sherr and Richard Nieva write for CNET. "'The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users, '" Molina and Snider continue. With the ongoing antitrust investigations in the USA and Europe, this issue has become even more sensitive for the iPhone maker.

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