The European Commission (EC) will press charges against Apple this week for abuse of power in the App Store, reports the Financial Times Tuesday based on insiders.
Music service Spotify complained to the EC two years ago because the company has to pay a 30 percent commission on income via the App Store. That is why Spotify has to make its subscriptions in the App Store more expensive to keep the same income. Also, the company is not allowed to refer people to the Spotify site for lower prices. The EC therefore started an investigation.
Other companies also disagree with the remittance that Apple is asking. Netflix also spoke out against this earlier. Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, has sued Apple for its monopoly position in the United States. Apple took out Fortnite from its App Store when Epic built its own in-game payment system.
Apple is always defending its App Store, saying the fees are necessary to ensure user safety and privacy, among other things. Nevertheless, the company has recently adjusted its policy slightly. For example, some video streaming services are exempted from the commission and developers who earn less than $ 1 million (about 820,000 euros) per year through the App Store only have to pay 15 percent.
It is not clear what the conclusion of the EC’s investigation is and when exactly Brussels will file the charges. The Financial Times it will end “later this week”.