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Kamal S. has been Journalist and Writer for Business, Hardware and Gadgets at Revyuh.com since 2018. He deals with B2b, Funding, Blockchain, Law, IT security, privacy, surveillance, digital self-defense and network policy. As part of his studies of political science, sociology and law, he researched the impact of technology on human coexistence. Email: kamal (at) revyuh (dot) com

Epic, the studio responsible for the Fortnite game, introduced a payment system to bypass the 30% commission, something that is not allowed in the App Store.

The video game developer Epic Games sued Apple on Thursday after the apple removed the popular video game Fortnite, from its App Store. This is the latest episode of the dispute between the two companies for months and this Thursday was accelerated after the announcement early that from now on it will allow players to make accessory purchases within the application itself. Something that goes against the rules of the platform of the Cupertino company, which does not allow the inclusion of other means of payment that is not its system or links to an external page. The object of this manoeuvre would be none other than to save 30% commission charged by Apple to companies that offer digital downloads or subscriptions, from the second year is reduced to 15%.

This has been proven that the Epic Games studio maneuver was previously planned, as after seeing Apple remove its game, it responded with the announcement of a lawsuit – it published an extensive document explaining the conflict – and started a network campaign known as #FreeFornite, in which they called for the “release” of the game.

The abundant artwork, including a parody of one of the block’s best-known commercials, made it clear that this is an orchestrated campaign. It is not the first time that they collide for this reason. Tim Sweeney launched a digital video game store in 2018 for Mac and Windows, in which the commission is 12%. He tried to take it to mobile but assured that it was impossible. That is why he accused the apple of having invented a ‘software’ monopoly. He argued that if each developer could manage payments, many of the services and ‘apps’ would “go down in price.”

This conflict erupts the same week Russia announced an investigation against the App Store for monopolistic practices. An action that joins those already started in the US and Brussels. Tim Cook had to testify several weeks ago with the CEOs of Amazon, Google and Facebook in the US Congress to answer about the operation of his application store and the aforementioned commission, among other things. Three-quarters of the same happen in Brussels since, after a complaint in 2019 from Spotify, the community authorities have also decided to investigate Apple for this reason.

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