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Apple will reduce the commission for small developers in its app store

The program starts on January 1, 2021, but not everyone is happy with the decision.

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This article has been translated from our English edition.

Apple will reduce the commission for small developers in its app store
Apple will reduce the commission for small developers in its app store


  • The program begins on January 1, 2021.
  • These developers may pay less commission depending on their income.
  • Not everyone is for Apple’s move.

Starting next year, the apple giant said developers will automatically get the lowest rate of 15 percent if they make less than a million dollars in profit a year. That means it will cut the collection commission in half, which is 30 percent.

This change is part of Apple’s Small Business Support Program known as Small Business Program. According to the company, a large majority of developers with apps in their business (more than 28 million) can qualify for this “help”.

The aim is for these beneficiaries to make a little more profit and thus also their work teams who work behind the apps.

Who can apply?

Well, as mentioned, not everyone falls into this category. be a part of Small Business Program It has to be small developers who publish in the App Store. By small, it means that they will not receive more than a million dollars (or 20 million pesos) in profit.

The company will provide more details on the process as a beneficiary in the coming weeks and from January 1, 2021.

controversy

It’s not all roses on the street, however. Other big companies like that Spotify and Epic Games disagree with the new measure as it “confirms that Apple is unfair,” he says. Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic games. Spotify says Apple’s rules are “arbitrary and capricious”.

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A year ago the company removed “Fortnite” from its app catalog with the apple because it violated the payment rules in this way Epic games replied with a question. Other companies supported the plaintiff’s position as Spotify, the Washington Post Y. The New York Times. All called for a reduction in collection fees.

Because of this, both Epic and Spotify argue that this change is not a fair deal for developers and is dividing the community.

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