“We applaud Epic Games’ decision to take a stand against Apple and shed further light on Apple’s abuse of its dominant position,” a Spotify spokesperson told Recode.
“Apple’s unfair practices have disadvantaged competitors and deprived consumers for far too long. The stakes for consumers and app developers large and small couldn’t be higher and ensuring that the iOS platform operates competitively and fairly is an urgent task with far-reaching implications.”
Epic Games recently instituted an in-app payment service within Fortnite that would bypass the functionality provided by both Apple in the App Store and Google in the Play Store. Rather than a user paying full price for in-game V-Bucks, they’d receive a 20% discount by paying Epic directly. Epic, in turn, would bypass a 30% commission payable to either technology giant.
In response, both Apple and Google have pulled Fortnite from their application stores.