An Epic Games’ lobbyist is one of the driving forces behind a North Dakota bill that could prevent Google and Apple from taking a cut of app store sales from developers in the state, according to the New York Times.
Apple and Google both take a 30% cut of any purchases made in their respective App stores, a practice put under the spotlight recently by the high-profile dispute between Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, and Apple over mandatory App Store fees. While Epic Games and Apple are currently still engaged in a lawsuit with no foreseeable end in sight, it appears that in the meantime, the game developer has set its sights on convincing states to legislate the tech giants, instead of solely relying on the courts or Congress.
North Dakota’s Senate Bill 2333 sought to allow developers use of outside payment systems, instead of being restricted to Google and Apple App Store payment systems, and to allow users downloads of apps from outside the Apple App Store. Google already allowed users to do so. However, Kyle Davison, the Republican Senator who introduced the bill, stated to the Times that he was attempting to remove the latter provision due to his colleagues’ concerns.
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