While the lawsuit by Epic Games brought the issue of app developers’ fees into the spotlight, it seems like Epic Games is not alone in its tiff with Apple. In the latest news, a slew of new companies like Tile, Spotify, Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain, Deezer, the European Publishers Council, Match, News Media Europe, Prepear, ProtonMail and SkyDemon amongst others have joined in the fight against the Cupertino-based tech giant, as per a report by Macrumors.
This group of companies has teamed up under a new name: Coalition for App Fairness.
The coalition is based out of Washington DC and Brussels, and aims to focus on three major points which it finds are problematic: “anti-competitive policies,” “30 percent app tax,” and “no consumer freedom.” The message is clear. Their issue with Apple is mostly over its app policies and how the fees are levied.
As per the report, the Coalition for App Fairness describes itself as “an independent nonprofit organization founded by industry-leading companies to advocate for freedom of choice and fair competition across the app ecosystem.”
As per the report, some of the points made by the coalition include demands like “no developer should be required to use an app store exclusively,” “every developer should always have access to app stores,” “every developer should always have the right to communicate directly with its user through its app,” “no app store owner or its platform should engage in self-preferencing its own apps or services,” and “no developer should be required to pay unfair, unreasonable or discriminatory fees or revenue shares.”