In recent months, many developers have been annoyed by Apple. They complain about the 30% tax levied by the brand on each sale of the App Store, others about its anti-competitive practices vis-à-vis competing applications of its own services, while a handful of they judge Apple’s rules, especially on the cloud gaming, unfair. Epic Games, the publisher of Fortnite on trial against Apple, is the leader of this movement.
To rally more developers to its cause, Epic Games has joined forces with a dozen groups such as Spotify, Deezer, ProtonMail, Match (Tinder, Meetic, Hinge, OKCupid), Tile, Basecamp or Blockchain.com to create an organization at nonprofit called “Coalition for App Fairness”. The latter especially wishes to gain the attention of consumers and the media. Together, they want to denounce Apple’s practices.
Can the rules change?
On their site, the members of this anti-Apple coalition call on all developers who wish to join them. They explain the 30% rule, anti-competitive issues, and the lack of a competitor app store. Their goal is to let people know why they think Apple is unfair.
On Monday, Apple and Epic Games will meet again in court. The lawsuit between the two companies could last more than a year and, if the developer of Fortnite wins, could force Apple to open its ecosystem.