A backlash against the app stores of Apple Inc. and Google is gaining steam, with a growing number of companies saying the tech giants are collecting too high a tax for connecting consumers to developers’ wares.
Netflix Inc. and video game makers Epic Games Inc. and Valve Corp. are among companies that have recently tried to bypass the app stores or complained about the cost of the tolls Apple and Google charge.
Grumbling about app store economics isn’t new. But the number of complaints, combined with new ways of reaching users, regulatory scrutiny and competitive pressure are threatening to undermine what have become digital goldmines for Apple and Google.
The end result will be special deals for major players, further destroying the last few vestiges of smaller indie developers that somehow have managed to survive until now.
Why is Valve complaining that (according to the article) Apple and Google are charging a 15% commission? This is incredibly hypocritical considering that Valve themselves are charging a 30% commission on all Steam purchases.
While I do think all of these “stores” deserve criticism for various reasons; I think people are all complaining about the wrong things (e.g. complaining about prices/commissions that are the result of “no competition”, when they should be complaining about stores stifling competition).
Edited 2018-08-23 02:59 UTC
Apple and Google will continue playing this monopoly game until governments step in and put an end to their absurd cut and refusal to let users get software from somewhere else. Sure that might let in a virus here or there, but this monopoly type behavior and absolute control of what software users are allowed to use on their products is something that has to end. Unfortunately we live an era where the rich are winning a class war against everyone else, so the public support to actually improve the world may forever be stifled.