2024-02-01
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Epic intends to challenge Apple's unfair tax on third-party payments

A Fortnite developer says Apple's 27% commission violates a court order that allows third-party payment processors to be linked. The developer is preparing a new complaint.

Controversy between Fortnite and Apple developers

Injunction and appeal

In 2021, a US District Court ruled Apple allows links to external payment systems. However, the company filed an appeal, which was also rejected.

Epic intends to challenge Apple s unfair tax on third party payments

New Apple requirements

The owner of the App Store offered a 27% commission on third-party payments to keep your earnings. In addition, other requirements were introduced, such as reporting transactions every 15 days.

Epic intends to challenge Apple s unfair tax on third party payments

Epic's motion

Epic called Apple's demands unfair and plans to go to court to protect your interests. They believe Apple violated the court order.

Epic intends to challenge Apple s unfair tax on third party payments

Legal costs and the new law

Apple also wants Epic to reimburse it $73 million legal costs. At the same time, under the new Digital Markets Act, Apple will have to allow third-party downloads for EU customers.

Competition for Apple

Other companies, such as Meta and Spotify, are already preparing to offer alternative download and payment systems to compete with Apple and its fees.

Answers to questions

What requirements has Apple proposed for developers to use third-party payment systems?

Apple offered developers a 27% commission on third-party payments, as well as a requirement to report transactions every 15 days.

Why do Fortnite developers think Apple's commission is contrary to the court order?

Fortnite developers believe Apple's 27% commission conflicts with a court order that gives developers the right to use external payment systems.

What actions does Epic plan to take regarding Apple's requirements?

Epic plans to go to Northern California District Court in Oakland, citing open doors in the ruling, to allege infringement by Apple and seek relief or sanctions.

Additional information

  • Fortnite is a popular online multiplayer game that developed by Epic Games.
  • Apple is an American technology company, manufacturer of mobile devices and developer of the iOS operating system.
  • App Store is a digital application store for Apple devices.
  • Bloomberg is an American international news agency.
  • Meta is a company formerly known as Facebook that develops social networks and related services.

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The Fortnite developer believes that Apple's 27% commission is contrary to a court order allowing the use of third-party payment systems. Epic is preparing a new complaint.
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Report and discuss the issue with Apple's fees for third-party payments
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Developers, Fortnite players, Apple product users


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