Facebook and Microsoft’s gripes with Apple’s App Store on EU’s radar

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Facebook and Microsoft’s smouldering grievance over how their gaming apps look on Apple’s App Store may feed into European Union research into the iPhone maker’s business as EU antitrust authorities said these issues are now on their radar.

The European Commission in June opened four probes to Apple, three of which are into its App Store and its prohibitive rules, including requirements that app developers utilise its in-app buying system.

Social media giant Facebook and Microsoft Corp will be the latest organisations to voice concerns regarding the principles, which have drawn criticism from program developers who say they create an uneven playing field to contend with the iPhone manufacturer.

Asked about Facebook and Microsoft’s issues with Apple, Commission spokeswoman Arianna Podesta said in a statement, “The Commission is aware of these concerns regarding Apple’s App Store rules.”

She did not provide details.

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Apple ignored criticism of its own App Store rules, saying that all apps are reviewed against precisely the same group of guidelines whose purpose is to safeguard customers and supply a fair and level playing field for developers.

Facebook last week stated its gaming app was only available on Apple’s App Store as a streaming service and that users will not be able to play games.

Facebook’s longstanding COO Sheryl Sandberg said the company had to eliminate gameplay functionality entirely to fasten Apple’s approval of its Facebook Gaming app.

Microsoft, which has a game-streaming support named Project xCloud stated:”Apple stands alone as the only general purpose platform to deny consumers from cloud gaming and game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass.”

“It consistently treats gaming apps differently, applying more lenient rules to non-gaming apps even when they include interactive content,” it added in a statement.

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