Epic Games, Spotify, Others Form Coalition For App Fairness Against Apple App Store Policies
Named the Coalition for App Fairness, several companies including Epic Games, Spotify, Tile and others have formed a coalition. Many member companies are already individually fighting the policies of the Apple App Store.
Coalition website mentions it as an independent non-profit organization. He says that “Every day, Apple taxes consumers and crushes innovation.” This in itself is a clear indicator of the main purpose of the group.
Some of the main coalition members are Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain, Deezer, Epic Games, EPC, Spotify, and Tile.
In its manifesto, the Coalition for App Fairness highlights several issues with Apple’s App Store. These issues include Apple’s control over the operating system, “carefully curated anti-competitive policies” and the application tax.
The app tax has been one of the major issues that many other companies have grappled with with Apple. The Cupertino giant charges an app tax, which the coalition says leads Apple users to miss occasional offers from app makers. For example, a Fortnite subscription costs $ 7.99 on the Fortnite website and $ 9.99 on the App Store.
In its “Vision for the Future” document, the Coalition for App Fairness published ten principles for bringing about a fair App Store. The group is also aiming for developers to join in with the goal of garnering support for its goals.
No new claims
The participants of the Coalition for App Fairness are mainly companies that are already battling with Apple over one issue or another. However, the common thread here is that all member issues are related to the Apple App Store. The Apple-Fortnite issue has been in the news for some time.
The dispute between Apple and Telegram was also highlighted when the latter filed an antitrust case against the former. There are also allegations from Basecamp that Apple has refused to accept updates to their apps unless they use the App Store for subscription purchases. Essentially, the Coalition for App Fairness allows all of these affected companies to pool their resources and bring developers together to form a united front.
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