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According to a press release, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney will appear next week at a conference in South Korea to discuss the justice of mobile platforms and ecosystems, amid his company’s ongoing tension with Apple.
Sweeney will be joined by other members and representatives of the Coalition for App Fairness, a group of developers and companies pushing against Apple’s “anti-competitive” rules in the App Store. The conference “Global Conference on Justice in Mobile Application Ecosystems” kicks off on Monday, November 15, in Seoul, South Korea.
South Korea has undergone a recent legislative change that could fundamentally change the App Store. Earlier in August, South Korea passed a bill banning Apple and other owners of mobile app distribution platforms from forcing developers to use their own payment method.
Apple said the change would put users at risk, reduce users’ confidence in in-app purchases, and make it harder to implement certain features, such as parental controls. The law on telecommunications companies puts users who buy digital goods from other sources at risk of fraud, undermines their privacy, makes it difficult to manage their purchases, and makes functions such as “ask to buy” and “parental control” less effective. We believe that users’ confidence in the App Store markets will decrease as a result of this legislation, leading to fewer opportunities for the more than 482,000 registered developers in Korea, who have earned more than 8.55 trillion KRW to date with Apple.
Following the passage of the bill, Epic Games asked Apple to bring Fortnite back to the App Store in South Korea. Fortnite was removed from the App Store in August 2020 after Epic implemented a direct payment method for in-app purchases, a clear violation of Apple’s rules. The new law in South Korea has not yet entered into force and even when it does, Apple has said it has no obligation to restore Epic’s developer account, which was terminated before the law was enacted.
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