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Ruben Fields
December 12, 2019

According to Epic Games, however, it was not seeking a one-off exemption for itself and Fortnite, but a "general change to smartphone industry practices" as it applies to the 30 percent rate both Apple and Google charge for their respective app stores.

"We believe this form of tying of a mandatory payment service with a 30% fee is illegal in the case of a distribution platform with over 50% market share", Epic said in a statement. But, according to 9to5Google, the developer will still try to strike an agreement with Google and release the battle royale on Google Play.

It was recently reported that Epic Games would seek an exemption to Google's hefty royalty rate, which is something the developer has long contended is too high. Epic asked Googe to exempt that fee but Google denied its request. Citing Fortnite's success on iOS, which has a similar 70/30 revenue split, Google has flat out denied Epic's petition.

While "Fortnite" is free to download, players can purchase cosmetic modifications to their character. Around it. It's a fight between Epic Games and Google. When trying to publish Fortnite on Google Play, they have asked Google not to enforce the rule of using Google payment services for integrated purchases. "Further, Epic operates a major PC storefront and payment service and we do not force developers using our store to use our payment ecosystem".

Global wearable shipments nearly double in 2019
Huawei replaced Bose in fourth place, with its market share rising to 8.4 percent from 5.4 percent despite political challenges. According to IDC, Apple shipped 29.5 million units, which would include the watch, AirPods and Beats headphones.

It's worth noting that the same documentation also pointed to the arrival of a new developer device.

In an announcement to The Verge, Google says the Android stage is reliant on the current Play Store terms since that is the manner by which the organization can reinvest in its foundation to assist it with developing and to give plentiful safety efforts. "Google Play has a business model and billing policy that allow us to invest in our platform and tools to help developers build successful businesses while keeping users safe", a Google spokesperson explained.

Google states that the applications available on Google Play they must use the Google billing system and, therefore, pay that 30% commission on any purchase that happens in the game or application. Apple has also been criticized for the tax by the music-streaming giant Spotify, which filed an antitrust complaint with the European Union in March.

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