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Apple also investigated by Department of Justice. US lawmakers address “serious competition concerns” in app store space
On September 10, a federal judge in California ruled that app developers can now direct users to payment options outside the App Store. That said, the court failed to “ultimately conclude that Apple is a monopolist.” Nor did the ruling force Apple into allowing third-party app stores on iOS. The iPhone maker was also allowed to keep its steep 30% commission. While Epic has lost on 9 of 10 counts, the Fortnite company might just have powerful…
South Korea passes “Anti-Google law” ending Google and Apple’s commission domination at home
South Korea has become the first country to pass a law that ends Apple and Google’s power to dictate payment terms on their app marketplaces. This, analysts believe, sets “a potentially radical precedent for their lucrative app store operations everywhere from India to the U.S.”
S.Korea’s “Anti-Google law” targets Google, Apple commission dominance
Today, South Korea’s parliament is expected to approve the amendment of the Telecommunications Business Act, dubbed the “Anti-Google law.” The piece of legislation will allow mobile devs to bypass Google and Apple app stores by using independent payment systems.
It was Tencent all along! How China’s tech giant inspired Epic to bypass Google Play, something Google hoped Tencent would help stop
While the news around the Epic antitrust legal battle have been dropping for months now, it is just now that the court documents have been shared in an unredacted form.
US senators challenge Google’s and Apple’s power over app distribution
A bipartisan bill was announced on Wednesday that can potentially reshape the business practices dominating the mobile distribution market. If passed, it will allow developers to add third-party payment systems to apps and inform users about discounts outside of stores. The bill has already been supported by Epic Games.
Journey to the Savage Planet devs open new Tencent-backed studio, securing game rights from Google
Developers from Typhoon Studios, known for Journey to the Savage Planet, have started new studio Raccoon Logic. On top of that, the industry veterans managed to secure the IP rights for their main title from Google.
Google Stadia’s engagement-based payments might lead to devs bloating their games with unnecessary content
Google’s plans to pay developers based on the number of sessions players have spent in their games drew mixed reactions within the games industry. Some experts are worried that this model might make studios produce lengthier games to increase engagement.
Google to cut Stadia revenue share to 15% as temporary measure to attract more developers
Google is now looking for new ways to attract more developers to its cloud-gaming platform Stadia. That’s why the company will introduce an 85/15 revenue split for new games. However, this rate will only apply to the first $3 million in sales.
Android devs can now enroll for 15% service fee for Google Play
As announced in March, Google is reducing its 30 percent cut to 15 percent for all Android developers for the first $1M of revenue earned each year. This is effective from July 1st, but Google has just announced that devs can start enrolling for the reduced service fee.
Google claims Stadia is ‘alive and well’ even after departures and closure of internal studios
Google Stadia faced problems earlier this year due to the closure of its internal game studios and departures of key employees. However, the company insists that its cloud service is doing fine, although it still doesn’t disclose the number of subscribers.