Steve August 18, 2020
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I’ve been trying to avoid writing about the Epic versus Apple quarrel, as while it serves to help consolidate App Store critics, it’s not especially interesting story, but here goes.

It’s just about money and control

In my experience, when rich people talk about “freedom” it doesn’t usually mean freedom for the rest of us, just freedom for them.

This whole affair can easily be characterized as being little more than a company of millionaires fighting a company of billionaires over the right to take a cut from software sales.

I’ve been unable to wade through the verbosity of Epic’s complaint, but I think it’s fair to say the main thrust is that it wants to sell games to iOS users at its own store and doesn’t want to pay Apple 30% to do so. That’s a little inconsistent, as the only games store that doesn’t take 30% on sales is Epic’s. All the other games stores take exactly the same as Apple.

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