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DOJ backs new antitrust bill aimed at preventing Apple and Google from favoring their own products
The US Department of Justice has supported a new antitrust legislation, raising concerns over the domination of tech giants like Apple, Google, and Amazon. This bill could prevent platform holders from favoring their products over those of competitors.
US lawmakers introduce bill to block mergers worth $5+ billion ahead of Microsoft-Activision deal
Democratic lawmakers have introduced a new bill prohibiting antitrust mergers. It would allow the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to block M&A deals worth $5 billion or more.
WN Conference coming to US, hybrid event to take place in Seattle
WN Conference is coming to the US for the first time. WN Seattle’21 will take place on November 16-17 in Seattle, Washington. It’s paired with the online event WN North America Online’21, which will run November 15-19. Here’s a brief overview of the events and what to expect from them.
Strategy games account for 17% of US iOS market’s revenues, as trend for genre-blending continues
Strategy is now the third biggest genre in the US, according to the latest report by GameRefinery. This category accounts for 17% of the US iOS market’s revenues, with developers implementing more genre-blending mechanics.
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…
App Annie and its founder to pay over $10 million to settle securities fraud charges
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged App Annie and its co-founder and former CEO and Chairman Bertrand Schmitt with securities fraud. SEC found that the mobile analytics firm engaged “in deceptive practices” and made “material misrepresentations” about how it obtained its market data on mobile app performance. Without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings, App Annie agreed to pay more than $10 million to settle the matter.
John Gibson steps down as Tripwire Interactive CEO following backlash over his support of Texas anti-abortion law
One day you publicly support a new Texas anti-abortion law. The next day you step down as CEO of a video games company. That’s exactly what happened to John Gibson, the head of Tripwire Interactive.
Tripwire Interactive president hails Texas anti-abortion law leaving dev community deeply concerned
John Gibson, the president of Tripwire Interactive, which is know as the publisher of Chivalry 2 and developer of Maneater and Killing Floor, took to Twitter to hail a new Texas anti-abortion law passed by the U.S. Supreme Court last week. Backlash from fellow devs ensued.
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.
NYPD rolls out ‘game truck’ for local kids to play games, raising concerns about mass surveillance
The New York Police Department has introduced a new “game truck” earlier this month. The idea is to give local kids from low-income neighborhoods a chance to play video games. Although the police say they have good intentions, some people believe it’s just another method of mass surveillance.