EpicGames is launching a protest against the “monopoly” of the Apple store. On the surface one would side with EpicGames as the victim. But upon further investigation, it looks like EpicGames were trying to do some sleazy finessing to bypass their agreed upon 30% they owed Apple. EpicGames implemented an in-app payment system so they wouldn’t have to pay Apple their agreed upon 30% fee for selling on their marketplace. This is a direct policy violation. As a result, Apple removed the app from their App store. Google soon followed by removing the popular app from the Google Play store. However, Android user are still able to get it but it won’t be available through the online storefront.
Now, a huge conglomerate company is trying to rally the troops to fight the evil monopoly of Apple and Google. They launched the #FreeFornite campaign in hopes that you, the consumer will fight on their behalf. They have also sued both Apple and Google calling their actions “anti-competitive.”
“Epic does not seek monetary compensation from this Court for the injuries it has suffered. Epic likewise does not seek a side deal or favorable treatment from Google for itself. Instead, Epic seeks injunctive relief that would deliver Google’s broken promise: an open, competitive Android ecosystem for all users and industry participants. Such injunctive relief is sorely needed.”
I find this entire situation to be laughable. To think that a company as huge as EpicGames has the audacity to try to bypass paying their 30% fee to Apple and Google is amazing. Seeing three multi-billion dollar companies scrabble over money is definitely the American way. What I find ludicrous is the sheer audacity of EpicGames to not only want to keep 100% of profits while using other online storefronts, but also using this as some kind of political protest against the establishment when they are indeed the establishment.
Did anyone forget about the sheer amount of dances they stole from other people and didn’t give them credit or compensation? I surely did not.