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New Apple App Store rules probably won’t please xCloud and Stadia

New Apple App Store rules probably won’t please xCloud and Stadia

In recent weeks and months, Apple has been catching some heat for its App Store rules, particularly as they apply to gaming apps. Not only has Apple come under fire from Epic for the fact that it takes a 30% cut from each in-app purchase, but the company has also drawn criticism from Facebook and Microsoft, as its App Store policies have made it impossible to get their game streaming apps - Facebook Gaming and Project xCloud, respectively - on iOS devices. Today, Apple updated its App Store guidelines, and while the new rules cover a number of different apps, there are a few specifically for game streaming.

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App Store subscription offer codes coming in iOS 14

App Store subscription offer codes coming in iOS 14

It's probably no secret that Apple has a preference for recurring subscriptions as a business model rather than freemium with in-app purchases or even straight app buys. Not everyone, however, is a fan and some developers might still be on the fence, especially when it comes to managing that subscription system. Of course, Apple is only too happy to make developers' lives so much easier and will soon be providing them with an easy way to attract subscribers with promotion codes for free or discounted prices.

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Apple App Store prices, revenues adjusted for tax changes in some countries

Apple App Store prices, revenues adjusted for tax changes in some countries

These seem to be both uncertain yet also exciting times for app developers, especially on Apple's platforms. There are big changes happening, both from Apple's side as well as external forces, sometimes against Apple's wishes. Things are still in a state of flux, with some news potentially favoring developers while others might be to their disadvantage. This latest from Apple is of the latter kind, with the company announcing some changes in at least eight countries that could affect developers' overall profits.

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App store revenue cuts in Russia might be capped at 20%

App store revenue cuts in Russia might be capped at 20%

While the matter is still being debated in the US, both inside and outside of courts, Russia is already starting to take steps to cut down what has been an unwritten business practice when it comes to digital content distribution, especially in apps and games. A lawmaker has proposed reducing the amount that app store owners are able to take from sales and in-app purchases from the usual 30% down to 20% but adds one more requirement that Apple and Google might not be so keen on obliging.

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This is the excuse Apple gave Facebook for blocking its “App Store tax” warning

This is the excuse Apple gave Facebook for blocking its “App Store tax” warning

It would appear that Apple and Facebook's battle over in-app sales fees has escalated a bit this week. A Facebook representative spoke with the press on Thursday, suggesting that Apple "rejected its attempt to tell users" that Apple would be taking a 30% cut of fees in Facebook's latest online event feature. The event feature was, as Facebook puts it, made to allow creators to make money to "offset revenue lost" during this year's unprecedented global pandemic.

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Microsoft supports to keep Unreal Engine in App Store, mum on lawsuit

Microsoft supports to keep Unreal Engine in App Store, mum on lawsuit

They say adversity makes strange bedfellows and that seems to be what happened between Epic Games and Microsoft. The former has initiated a high-profile legal and publicity battle primarily with Apple (and also Google) over App Store business practices, particularly the 30% tax on in-app purchases and forcing in-app purchases in the first place. Apple, naturally bit back with a bit more teeth and Microsoft is voicing support for Epic Games but only in a very limited sense.

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#FreeFortnite Cup is an unsubtle jab at Apple

#FreeFortnite Cup is an unsubtle jab at Apple

No, Fortnite isn't going to be free for just one day since the game is free-to-play anyway. Epic Games is, instead, organizing what initially sounds like a celebration but is unambiguously its way of rallying sympathy and support in its fight against Apple. And, of course, it's offering up rewards, both in-game and real-world that will proudly display not only gamers' skills in the game but their disdain for Apple's App Store policies.

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Adobe Lightroom update error: Photos “not recoverable”

Adobe Lightroom update error: Photos “not recoverable”

The latest update to Adobe Lightroom had some unforeseen consequences with users that've taken the time to hit the update button this August, 2020, and some users are not happy. It would appear that the latest update has completely removed some users chosen preferences as well as their entire collection of photo edits. In some cases, this has removed months or years of files without explanation.

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Apple, Epic fight is coming to the court of public opinion

Apple, Epic fight is coming to the court of public opinion

When Epic Games blasted Google last year over its revenue cut for Play Store apps, its CEO Tim Sweeney pretty much conceded that Apple deserved its 30% share because of the work it puts into its App Store. The events of the past few days, however, suggests that Epic Games may have actually had a different opinion as it set off a sequence of events that now includes not one but two lawsuits. Epic, however, isn't content to stop there and the two's bickering is already going beyond legal, technical, or even financial grounds.

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Facebook joins Fortnite in blasting Apple “App Store tax”

Facebook joins Fortnite in blasting Apple “App Store tax”

Facebook has joined Fortnite developer Epic Games in criticizing Apple over its App Store payments cut, calling out the iPhone-maker as it launches a new events service. Small businesses and creators will be able to use Facebook for paid online events without coughing up any fees, the social network says, that is unless their customers are doing so via an Apple device.

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Epic Games sues Google over Fortnite removal over Play Store violations

Epic Games sues Google over Fortnite removal over Play Store violations

In just a few hours, the mobile app and gaming market exploded into a flurry of news, removals, and two lawsuits, all revolving around a single game: Fortnite. Epic Games, who has spoken out and moved against the status quo in the game and app store markets, made a daring move to implement its own direct payment system to bypass Google's and Apple's revenue split system. It isn't surprising that both Apple and Google have quickly removed Fortnite from their respective app stores but it's rather curious that Epic Games quickly sued both afterward.

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Apple deleted Fortnite from the App Store [Update: Epic sues Apple]

Apple deleted Fortnite from the App Store [Update: Epic sues Apple]

Earlier today, Epic rolled out a new direct payment method for Fortnite on iOS and Android. With this new system, Fortnite players have the option of paying Epic directly for in-game purchases in exchange for a 20% discount on the items or V-Bucks they're buying. That's a big perk for players, and if they end up paying Epic directly, the company avoids using the App Store and Google Play Store as payment processors - and the 30% fee that Apple and Google skim off the top.

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