August 14, 2020

18:48

So… Epic is revolting against the Apple Appstore monopoly now (Google Play will probably be next in line) and wants their user’s support:

Epic has defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices. Join the fight to stop 2020 from becoming “1984”.

Hm, yeah, sure. What’s in it for us?

What pretty much every app developer is pissed about is being forced to use Apple’s (Google’s) billing system for IAP and having to shell out 30% from every payment for the service. Is it profiteering? Sure! Are Apple and Google abusing their appstore monopolies? Absolutely! Should something be done about it? Well…

Epic only wants to break the appstore monopoly on billing, not distribution (heavens beware). Ideally they’d like to cut out the middle man entirely by using their own billing system, but having the commission fee reduced drastically would be acceptable as well. Join the fight to get…

  • Absolutely nothing in case Apple and Google are forced to lower their fee. Yes, Epic says they’d pass on the savings, but I mean, come on! Players already buy Fortnite items at the current price, Epic is the sole supplier, every MBA will tell you that lowered production cost is no reason to lower sales price. Does anyone really believe Epic would milk their players less?
  • A proliferation of billing systems. Each looking and working differently, coming with gimmicks, that promise app developers higher payouts and “creative” ways to weasel more money out of their users. In other words: the same shit we currently have with Ad networks.

So, yeah, grab popcorn and enjoy the shitshow. Not worth taking sides here.