Google to cut app store fees for developers after Apple move
Both the companies have come under fire from large firms such as Microsoft and Spotify Technology, as well as startups and smaller companies, that allege the fees deprive consumers of choices and push up the price of apps.
Apple had said in November that it planned to lower its commissions for developers who make $1 million or less in proceeds each year from its app store.
“Fortnite” creator Epic Games said in a statement to Reuters that Google’s move only alleviates some of the financial burden of developers.
“Whether it’s 15 percent or 30 percent, for apps obtained through the Google Play Store, developers are forced to use Google’s in-app payment services,” Epic said.
Of the $38.8 billion generated from user spending on the Google Play store in 2020, Google cashed in on about $11.6 billion off its 30 percent cut from app makers, according to data from Sensor Tower.
Source: New York Post