North Dakota rejects law
A bill introduced in the US state of North Dakota required companies such as Apple and Google to allow app platforms from other providers (see ). Users would have been able to use applications like Fortnite to download them back to their iPhone, for example by accessing a separate app store from the developer. In addition, the amendment provided for in-app purchases to be made without revenue sharing to Apple or Google. The proposed law goes back to the Coalition for App Fairness: The organization is backed by lobbyists from Spotify and Epic Games, among others. The lobbying work was unsuccessful, however: the state parliament rejected the law with 11 to 36 votes against. For Apple, however, that could only mean a stage win: the journalist Jack Nicas reports from other states such as Arizona, Georgia and Massachusetts discussing similar laws.
Epic addresses the EU
In the meantime, Epic has remained anything but inactive – and is now submitting a cartel complaint to the European Commission. Epic boss Tim Sweeney told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitungnot to want to sit idly by and watch how Cupertino shape competitive conditions at their own discretion. The US company behaves like the bouncer for iOS devices, according to the Epic lawyer. Apple has already responded to the allegations – and says it is happy to inform the European Commission of Epics’ wrongdoing.