Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Apple Antitrust Investigations in Italy and Australia

Ben Lovejoy:

Today has seen the announcement of the second Apple antitrust investigation in two days. Just one day after Italy announced that it was investigating the fairness of iCloud terms and conditions, Australia says that it is launching a broad investigation into both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.

Michael Love:

The geopolitical aspects of Apple antitrust are going to get very interesting next year - seems inevitable that if nothing else, App Store developer rules are going to become a lot more regionalized.


So you could end up with developers actually shopping around for which region to incorporate in based on how well it fits their business model; if, for example, the EU mandates sideloading (a very EU-ish solution), a lot of F2P game companies probably set up shop there.


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