Could Epic Games’ Legal Fight With Apple and Google Lead to More Antitrust Claims?

“Most app stores position themselves similarly. It just happens that Apple, because of its dominant market share, it comes off a little differently,” attorney Matt Belinsky says

Epic Games’ recent lawsuits against Apple and Google could inspire other top publishers to file their own similar claims, though they have a slim chance of winning in court, legal experts say.

In question is the so-called “Apple Tax,” a 30% commission Apple skims off every transaction in its App Store. Google has a similar policy. Epic Games and several other publishers have claimed the 30% fee is too high, while Apple argues that it covers not only hosting a game or app on the App Store but access to developer tools, support and a huge audience of potential buyers.

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Sean Burch

Sean Burch

Tech reporter • sean.burch@thewrap.com • @seanb44 

Samson Amore

Samson Amore

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