Published: Thu, December 12, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google to charge Android partners up to $40…

Google to charge Android partners up to $40…

Fortnite has been available through the iOS app store since spring a year ago, where Epic presumably pays for the company's 30 percent standard cut. A rule that they consider illegal in a distribution platform with more than 50% market. As a result, Epic launched its own game distribution platform (the Epic Games Store) and released the Android port of Fortnite as a standalone APK that had to be sideloaded. Sweeney complained that Google's public report of their installer's security risks was a counter-PR move that was made because of Epic's decision to distribute Fortnite outside of the Play Store. Epic however has taken a technicality to try to publish Fortnite on Google Play without modifications. Around it. It's a fight between Epic Games and Google. Epic generates its revenue via 'V-Bucks, ' which is an in-game currency that allows players to purchase cosmetics and its seasonal battle pass.

"Epic doesn't seek a special exception for ourselves; rather we expect to see a general change to smartphone industry practices in this regard", Epic told The Verge.

The developer further contends that the Play Store's distribution agreement only asks that developers use Google payments, but does not require it.

In case you haven't been paying attention, Epic Games has consistently criticized Google's in-app purchase policies since past year.

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"We have asked that Google not enforce its publicly stated expectation that products distributed through Google Play use Google's payment service for in-app purchase", Sweeney said in the statement.

It's worth noting that the same documentation also pointed to the arrival of a new developer device.

To help developers get ready for the final deployment of Android 10 on Android TV devices - we assume that the Nvidia Shield TV is one of the first to get it - Google is also launching a new developer dongle. Google Play has a business model and billing policy that allows us to invest in the platform and tools to help developers build successful businesses while keeping users safe. "We welcome any developer that recognizes the value of Google Play and expect them to participate under the same terms as other developers". Apple has also been criticized for the tax by the music-streaming giant Spotify, which filed an antitrust complaint with the European Union in March.

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