The issue of commissions that developers of apps for Android and iOS, distributed through their respective stores, are required to pay to Google and Apple returns to the fore. It is a topic that has returned to the fore also following the recent removal from the Fortnite App Store after Epic Games' decision to introduce a direct payment system for in-app purchases.
Now Asian developers are also joining forces against the requests of Apple and Google, accusing the two giants of both applying too high commissions – amounting to 30% of the revenues generated by each in-app purchase – and of changing the contractual conditions at will. exploiting a de facto monopoly situation.
In South Korea, the request to investigate the behavior of Apple and Google, addressed by a group of startups and local developers, was accepted by the government which announced the formal opening of a fact-finding investigation. To carry it out is the Ministry of Science and Technology in view of a possible modification of the new legislationTelecommunications Business Act which will come into force at the beginning of 2021.
A spokesperson confirmed:
The ministry will closely monitor the affair and prepare rules to cope with the growing influence of platform suppliers. The ministry will also act as an intermediary between the developers and operators of the platform to guarantee user rights.
The case was raised by the Korea Startup Forum; Choi Sung-jin, president of the consortium commented:
A 30% commission is already too high in itself, but it is even more problematic that they (Apple and Google, ed.) Force them to use a specific payment system
The objective of the investigation is to ascertain whether the amount of these commissions negatively affects local developers and whether it leads to an increase in prices that falls on end users. It is basically the thesis supported for some time by important Western companies that distribute their content through the App Store and Google Store – think not only of Epic, but also of Spotify, which has long criticized Apple's policies.
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