Apple & Google's App Store monopoly, crushing potential competitors with exploitative fees

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    Fortnite maker: ‘Apple has locked down and crippled’ the App Store
    July 24, 2020
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    ProtonMail founder: Apple uses monopoly to “hold all of us hostage”
    ProtonMail CEO argues Apple fails to meet "minimum moral responsibility."
    August 3, 2020

    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy...pple-uses-monopoly-to-hold-all-of-us-hostage/
     
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    Apple boots Fortnite from the App Store after Epic adds direct payments
    August 13, 2020
    https://techcrunch.com/2020/08/13/fortnite-app-store-removed-apple/
    ArsTechnica: Epic files suit against Apple after Fortnite pulled from iOS App Store [Updated]
     
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    Fortnite vs. Apple: everything you need to know about Epic’s fight against mobile app stores
    That escalated quickly
    August 13, 2020
    https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/13/21367923/fortnite-apple-app-store-epic-games-need-to-know
     
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    "Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite"

    Epic parody of 1984 Apple commercial by Epic Games after the ban of their Fortnite game by Apple:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euiSHuaw6Q4

    Side-by-side comparison with original Apple 1984 commercial:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99FxagCl6TU
     
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    "Epic Games' Lawsuit Fires a Shot at Apple's App Store 'Monopoly

    Fortnite creator Epic Games launched a spear at Apple’s gatekept iOS App Store market today with a lawsuit filed in the US District Court of Northern California...

    Alleging that Apple’s grip over the iOS market is 'unreasonable and unlawful,' Epic Games seeks to force access to more apps and payment processing options on iOS..."

    https://www.wired.com/story/epic-games-sues-apple-fortnite-app-store/

    "Spotify supports Epic Games' private antitrust action against Apple

    Music streaming service Spotify on Thursday threw support behind Epic Games after the Fortnite developer leveled a lawsuit against Apple over allegedly monopolistic App Store regulations.

    Spotify, which lodged its own antitrust complaint against Apple in 2019, welcomed Epic as an ally in a long-running fight over App Store fees..."

    https://appleinsider.com/articles/2...-games-private-antitrust-action-against-apple
     
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    Proud to say I've never owned an crapple product. Google & M$ not so much. LOL. There is no freedom.
     
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    Fortnite for Android just got axed from the Google Play Store too
    August 14, 2020
    https://techcrunch.com/2020/08/13/fortnite-android-google-kicked-out/
    The Verge: Fortnite for Android has also been kicked off the Google Play Store
     
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    Epic is suing Google over Fortnite’s removal from the Google Play Store
    Just like Apple
    August 13, 2020
    https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/13/...awsuit-antitrust-app-play-store-apple-removal
     
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    Oh, and I am supposed to feel bad for Epic Games and their crappy Fortnite microtransaction gaming model?

    Sorry... not sorry... microtransactions have ruined probably 75+% of the gaming industry. At least Apple has always provided good value for the money spent. And @zapjb that's fine... it's called "to each their own."


    Fortnite Has Made $1 Billion From Microtransactions On Mobile Alone
    By James O'Connor on May 14, 2020 at 7:26PM PDT
    https://www.gamespot.com/articles/fortnite-has-made-1-billion-from-microtransactions/1100-6477307/

    Fortnite Microtransactions Are A Total Rip Off Designed To Take Advantage Of Consumers While Offering Little Value
    Adam Llewellyn July 18, 2018
    https://thelootgaming.com/fortnite-...age-of-consumers-while-offering-little-value/

    Mum blasts ‘addictive’ Fortnite game after kids accidentally spent HUNDREDS of pounds on virtual money
    Saqib Shah 30 Apr 2018, 16:45Updated: 3 May 2018, 16:36
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/6176661/fortnite-kids-spend-hundreds-v-bucks/

    I'm just getting started... o_O
     
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    Facebook joins Fortnite in blasting Apple “App Store tax”
    August 14, 2020
    https://www.slashgear.com/facebook-joins-fortnite-in-blasting-apple-app-store-tax-14633542/
     
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    Epic CEO Tim Sweeney says Apple fight is about ‘basic freedoms of all consumers and developers’
    Sweeney says the explosive feud with Apple is not solely about money
    August 14, 2020

    https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/14/...ortnite-lawsuit-ban-basic-freedoms-developers
     
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    Apple earned $360 million from Fortnite before pulling the plug
    Google, meanwhile, has earned $10 million from the Play Store version of the shooter
    August 14, 2020

    https://www.androidauthority.com/apple-fortnite-ios-revenue-1148204/
     
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    Epic Games asks judge to block Apple's removal of 'Fortnite' from app store
    August 17, 2020
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...oval-of-fortnite-from-app-store-idUSKCN25D2DD
     
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    "Apple cuts off Epic from its tools, endangering future Unreal Engine projects on iOS and Mac

    Epic Games, locked in a legal battle with Apple and Google over developer payments, now says Apple is threatening to cut the company off from developer accounts and iOS and Mac development tools. This decision, expected to go into effect Aug. 28, might have widespread effects on App Store development.

    This goes beyond “Fortnite,” the Epic Games title that was the catalyst for the legal fight. Epic Games is also the creator of Unreal Engine, which has not only become an industry standard for creating video games, but as well as film, commercial business and TV shows like “The Mandalorian” on Disney+..."

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/vide...business-1_appleepic-510pm:homepage/story-ans
     
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    Apple Retains Gibson Dunn Lawyers From Samsung Case to Combat Epic Games
    August 19, 2020
    https://www.macrumors.com/2020/08/19/gibson-dunn-lawyers-to-combat-epic-games/
     
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    Korean developers want Apple & Google investigated over in-app purchase cost
    August 19, 2020
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    Android developer class action suit targets Play Store and its 30% transaction fee
    The suit needs approval from federal court
    August 20, 2020

    https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/...argets-play-store-and-its-30-transaction-fee/
     
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    Media companies ask Apple to reduce app store fee
    August 21, 2020
    https://www.livemint.com/technology...e-to-reduce-app-store-fee-11597996376340.html
     
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    WordPress claims Apple cut off updates to its completely free app because it wants 30 percent
    August 21, 2020
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    Apple fires back in court, says Epic Games CEO asked for special treatment
    Apple responded to Epic Games’ lawsuit accusing it of anticompetitive behavior in its control of the App Store in a legal filing on Friday
    August 21, 2020

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/21/apple-says-epic-games-ceo-wanted-a-side-deal-for-fortnite.html
     
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    Read the emails between Epic and Apple that led to Fortnite’s App Store ban
    A behind-the-scenes look at how the Fortnite legal battle took shape
    August 21, 2020

    https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/21/21396313/apple-fortnite-lawsuit-emails-app-store-ban-epic
     
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    Caught between Epic, Apple and Google, indie devs watch and wait
    Epic's legal action isn't about small developers, but it will affect them
    August 21, 2020

    https://www.engadget.com/epic-apple-google-indie-developers-app-store-210830045.html
     
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