A group of Apple critics – including Spotify Technology, Match Group and Fortnite, the founder of Fortnite – have joined a non-profit group that plans to advocate for legal and regulatory action to challenge iPhone maker’s App Store practices.
Apple charges a commission of between 15% and 30% for apps that use its in-app payment system, and sets out extensive rules that apps must adhere to in order to appear on its App Store, which is the only way Apple allows users to download their own applications to devices such as the iPhone. These practices have provoked criticism and formal legal complaints from some developers.
The Application Justice Coalition, structured as a non-profit organization based in Washington and Brussels, said it planned to advocate for legal changes that would force Apple to change. In addition to Epic, Match and Spotify, other members include smaller companies such as Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer and Tile, along with developers from Europe, including the European Publishing Council, News Media Europe and Protonmail.
Sarah Maxwell, a spokeswoman for the group, who previously worked for financial technology firm Blockchain.com and Hillary Clinton̵
“While it’s great to have big names like Epic and Spotify in the band, we’re not just talking about them,” she said in an interview.
Epic is suing Apple for antitrust claims in a U.S. federal court in California, while Spotify has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple in the European Union. Maxwell declined to comment on how much funding the Coalition for Fair Justice has raised and by whom.
The group also set out 10 App Store Principles on Thursday, which it plans to require, including that “No developer should be required to pay unfair, unreasonable or discriminatory fees or revenue shares.”