Companies monopolize the in app payment market, hindering “innovation” such as bitcoin payment. Earlier, Apple announced that it would remove fortress night from its app store, citing a violation of its in app payment rules.
a few hours after Epic Games introduced a new payment option for fortress night to circumvent Apple’s in app purchase rules, apple removed the fortress night app from the app store. This new approach not only challenged apple, but also challenged Google.
users who pay directly to Epic Games will receive a 20% discount, while users who pay through Apple App store or Google play will pay a higher fee.
Epic Games said in the lawsuit that Apple imposed a “heavy” sales tax of 30% on app sales and banned third-party payment processors from its platform, which was anti competitive. The company said Apple’s actions hurt payment innovations and could be accepted by potentially competitive in app payment processes if “bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies” are not completely excluded.
Epic Games said in the indictment: “Apple has become something it once opposed: a behemoth trying to control the market, blocking competition and stifling innovation. Apples are bigger, stronger, more ingrained and more harmful than the monopolists of the past. “