According to the businessman, it would be fair to “allow developers to use their own payment mechanisms, especially for making purchases in their own applications.”
The head of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, criticized Apple, supporting the developer of the Fortnite video game, Epic Games, in a dispute with it.
“The commission in the Apple App Store has de facto become a global tax on the Internet,” the entrepreneur said on Twitter. According to him, it would be fair to “allow developers to use their own payment mechanisms, especially for making purchases in their own applications.”
Thus, Musk supported Epic Games, which is suing Apple. In August last year, a video game developer filed an antitrust lawsuit against a corporation led by Tim Cook after an updated version of Fortnite with a built-in payment mechanism was removed from the App Store catalog. According to Apple, the game can bypass its own payment mechanism, which provides for a commission of up to 30%. “Epic is right,” Musk concluded.
At the end of May, a judge in Oakland (California) said that she hopes to rule on the case of Epic Games and Apple no later than August 13 – a year after the game update that became the subject of the lawsuit was posted on the App Store. Last fall, a court in Oakland was already considering whether Apple should restore access to Fortnite, then the removal of the game was recognized as legitimate.