San Francisco (USA), Nov 18 (EFE) .- The American multinational Apple announced this Wednesday a reduction from 30 to 15% of the controversial commission that applies to application developers in the virtual App Store for those who enter less than a million dollars annually.
In a statement, the Cupertino (California, USA) company presented its new Small Business Program, which will come into effect on January 1 and will take effect on those firms that, excluding commission payments and including purchases within the applications themselves, they bill less than a million a year.
The measure therefore does not cover large companies such as Epic Games, Match Group or Spotify, which have open public disputes with Apple on this issue, but will continue to have to pay 30% in commissions.
New developers will be able to join the program directly, while for those with a track record, their income will be used throughout 2020 to determine whether or not they meet the requirements. In the event that a developer member of the program bills more than 1 million at some point in 2021, they will immediately lose their status and will pay 30%.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our global economy and the pump of innovation and opportunity for communities around the world. We launched this program to help owners write the next chapter of creativity and prosperity on the App Store.” Apple CEO Tim Cook said when introducing the program.
The 30% commission that Apple charges for all transactions carried out through the App Store has been at the center of controversy for weeks and has even earned it lawsuits from developers who consider it an abuse of their power of market.
In September, several Internet companies, including such well-known names as Spotify, Epic Games (developer of Fortnite) and Match Group (owner of Tinder), announced the creation of the Coalition for Justice in Applications, which aims to join forces in the fight that they maintained separately until then against the policy of the App Store.
Also for this reason, Epic Games and Apple are locked in a legal battle, and the popular video game Fortnite has not been accessible through the App Store for weeks.