The argument between Apple and Epic Games over App Store fees has taken another turn in the tale, as Apple has announced it’s reducing its fees for some developers: but only for those earning less than $1m (£754k) in revenue per year.
The App Store Small Business Program comes into effect on 1st January, and will see fees reduced from the standard 30 per cent to 15 per cent for developers that qualify. The decision to halve fees should significantly benefit indie and small developers, and if there were any companies on the fence, it could make them want to side with Apple.
For those unaware, Epic Games has been one of the most vocal opponents of App Store fees, initiating a dramatic legal battle after it introduced an alternative payment system to Fortnite mobile, this ended up resulting in Apple and Google pulling the game from their stores.
This move from Apple could make it harder for Epic to argue it’s working on behalf of smaller developers with its lawsuit, as most seem to now be included in the reduction.
Beyond the App Store payment dispute with Epic, Apple has taken a fair bit of heat from other companies this year, including Microsoft after Apple blocked its attempt to bring xCloud to iOS.