Spotify, Match, and Fortnite developer Epic Games have joined a nonprofit that advocates for regulatory and legal action against Apple for what they claim is it unfair control of the App Store.
Their main objection is the way that Apple charges up to 30 percent for in-app payments. Apple lays out a detailed set of rules which apps must follow in order to be allowed in the App Store.
The group, called the Coalition for App Fairness, seeks to get Apple to change its policies. Other members of the group include Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer, and Tile, among others. They are actively trying to recruit more developers.
“While it’s great that we have the big names like Epic and Spotify in the group, we’re not speaking just for them,” Sarah Maxwell, a representative for the group, told Reuters.
The group has laid out what it calls the 10 App Store Principles. These include the idea that, “No developer should be required to pay unfair, unreasonable or discriminatory fees or revenue shares.”
A number of developers in the coalition have previously voiced their concerns about Apple. Spotify, Tile, and others have all previously criticized App Store rules. Congress even quizzed Apple on its control of the App Store as part of its antitrust hearings this summer. Recently, the most attention-grabbing dispute has been the standoff between Apple and Epic.
Apple has always defended its control of the App Store. The company says that it treats all developers equally, and hits back at developers it claims are trying to reap the rewards of the App Store without paying their way.