Suffice to say that the reactions were not long in coming after this announcement.
Following lawsuits from the local competition authority against its revenue model , the Netherlands App Store decided to revise its rules. This is reflected in particular by the reduction in the commission imposed on developers on in-app purchases made within their applications, which drops from 30% to 27% within Dutch borders.
For the moment, this change therefore does not concern other European states or France, although serious investigations are also taking place on the spot following similar suspicions .
Publishers go on the offensive
Unsurprisingly, however, this decision does not satisfy the main stakeholders, namely video game studios and other creators offering third-party services on iOS. Some point out in particular that their alternative payment solution provider could continue to increase the bill, although this does not therefore directly concern Cupertino…
Other even more scathing comments accuse the conditions to which one must submit to take advantage of this “improvement”. Indeed, Apple asks to deploy a separate application and put online only in the Netherlands without counting that a monthly report must be sent to Apple justifying each transaction carried out.
Soon on a global scale?
This other tweet from Steve Troughton-Smith directly accuses Apple of adopting harmful behavior towards developers, at the same time singling out its general manager Tim Cook. He did not respond:
In any case, this is not the first time that Apple has been challenged following its practices deemed to be anti-competitive. Beyond the Netherlands, Japan has already taken coercive measures against the Californian giant . Still others, like the United States , are scrupulously investigating the App Store and may soon impose new limitations on it…