Is the Korean Government on the right track in chasing these two giant tech companies?
Based on the local Korean consortium’s petition, the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT has declared to investigate Google and Apple. Their claim is that these Tech Giants use their power to impose high fees and maneuver conditions on their own terms.
Korean Government’s Statement
“[The ministry] will carefully monitor and prepare policies that can cope with the increasing influence of platform providers. The ministry will also mediate between developers and platform operators to secure user rights,” says the Korean Govt spokesperson/
They have raised the issue a while back and stated that the local developers were concerned both about Google and Apple’s fees and that there were no substitutes for it. This was mentioned by their consortium’s president Choi Sung-jin.
“While the 30 percent commission rate is too high in itself,” Consortium president Choi Sung-jin said, “it is problematic that they force a specific payment system for the app markets.”
This comes to the conclusion that the ministry says that they tend to survey developers further. It’s possible that findings may cause amendments to the country’s forthcoming
However, Apple is firm and has also supported research that claims its App Store operates to the same fees as Google’s.
Microsoft Xbox Joins Fortnite-Maker Epic Games In Suit Vs. Apple
Microsoft’s general manager of mobile player environments Kevin Gammill sent a statement to Epic’s court on Sunday. He did not write because he’s angry over Fortnite’s removal from the App Store. But he gave a unique court dispute involving Apple and Epic’s ripple impact.
Here’s what happened
On August 13, Apple App Store and Google Play Store removed Fortnite from the list. Epic Games offered players the ability to circumvent the digital payment networks of the firms.
Instead of purchasing virtual money (“V-bucks”) in-game from Apple or Google, players could buy it directly from Epic — at a 20 percent discount. Apple and Google claimed the fix was a breach of the terms of service for every company with a device in the iTunes Store or Google Play store.
The two major mobile conglomerates responded by removing “Fortnite” from their respective digital storefronts. Epic Games, expecting as much, launched cases against another company – the first overt shots in Epic CEO Tim Sweeney’s continuing effort to reform how Apple’s App Store works.
In a statement last week, Apple said it “won’t allow an exception for Epic” to the App Store regulation. The rules require all software developers to use Apple’s payment mechanisms. “We don’t think it’s fair to place their commercial interests ahead of the rules that support our customers.”