Apple was just slapped with a lawsuit that accuses the company of monopolizing the mobile-gaming market by blocking apps like Xbox Game Pass and Google Stadia
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks to the press during a tour of the Flextronics computer factory with US President Donald Trump where Apple's Mac professionals are assembled on November 20, 2019 in Austin, Texas.
An Apple subscriber has filed a lawsuit against the tech giant accusing the company of excluding mobile game competitors like Microsoft and Google.
Apple said in August that it doesn't allow competing apps with huge libraries in its app store as it would have to approve every single game in it.
However, Apple's own arcade service works in a similar way and can be downloaded from the App Store.
Former director of the Apple App Store, Phil Shoemaker, told the House's Antitrust Subcommittee that Apple prefers its own apps over those of developers.
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Apple has been hit by a lawsuit accusing the tech giant of monopolizing the mobile game market, Bloomberg first reported.
The complaint filed in federal court Thursday by an Apple Arcade subscriber alleged that Apple had directly kept competing subscription game services from Microsoft, Google and Facebook off iOS.
Apple announced in August that it would not allow competitors such as Microsoft's Netflix-style Xbox Game Pass and Google's Stadia to enter the App Store because the company can't review every game in its libraries. For example, Microsoft's subscription service includes a built-in game library, and reviewing each one would be a time-consuming and tedious process. It would be like Netflix needing Apple to unsubscribe every movie listed on its platform, Business Insider's Ben Gilbert reported.
However, Apple's arcade service is the company's subscription game service, which is similar in structure and includes a library of games that users can download from the App Store and play on their devices.
The subscriber who made the complaint said that by keeping other game stores away from Apple devices, players are being forced to pay higher prices and get a less robust game selection. Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
House lawmakers released a report this week on the results of a year-long antitrust investigation against Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon. As part of the report, former Apple App Store director Phil Shoemaker commented on the company's handling of game services, noting that Apple prefers its own apps over those of other developers.
"Apple's game service, Apple Arcade, is a type of app that has been" banned from the store "by third-party developers," the report said, "but Apple allowed its own app to be allowed in the store," even though it was in violation against existing [App Store] guidelines. '"
Apple has a longstanding relationship with third party developers who are having issues with Apple's App Store practices. Many have pointed out right away that the company's 30% commission is unfair.
The topic gained more attention in August with the high profile debacle between the company and "Fortnite" creator Epic Games. The company has updated its "Fortnite" game so users can make in-app purchases through their own payment system instead of Apple to bypass the 30% commission policy. As a result, Apple kicked "Fortnite" out of the store, and Epic Games continues to struggle to get the game back up and running.
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