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Discussion on: Apple to Reduce App Store Commissions for Small Businesses in 2021

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Vincenzo Fehring

Let's not forget that Epic is currently running a rallying cry against Apple and Google for removing Fortnite from their platforms. It was due to a blatant violation of developer guidelines. They are supposed to utilize the in-app purchase SDKs provided by the platforms for anything done in their application. They decided to circumvent that, and as a result, get their application banned from the app stores.

As an independent developer, I am thankful for the cut in commissions, but I can also agree that the 30% was still not enough for all that they are providing me as a developer.

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Jordan Kicklighter

Just for clarity: it is not that Epic circumvented the in-app purchase requirement, it is that Epic directly linked to an external location and provided a discount as incentive for buying credits outside of the app. Apps are able to use virtual currency purchased elsewhere, but there can be no mention in the app of the external site used to purchase that currency.