Why it issues: Less than two months after buying the music service Bandcamp, Epic Games appears to be coming to its protection. However, this case completely aligns with Epic’s battles with cellular platform holders. Is it merely utilizing Bandcamp in its campaign, or did their pursuits simply occur to coincide?
This week, Epic Games and its current acquisition Bandcamp have come out in opposition to Google’s upcoming coverage modifications, which can power the music app to course of digital funds completely via Google’s fee system. Bandcamp co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond stated that is incompatible with the unique goal of the music service. Epic, which struck a deal to buy Bandcamp in early March, filed a movement in a California court docket with the identical sentiment.
Currently, Bandcamp processes digital music purchases on its Android app via its current fee system, which lets it move 82 % of gross sales income to artists. During some promotions, it provides all gross sales proceeds to artists, which is why the service is fashionable with indie musicians.
Apple customers can solely hearken to music, purchase it on bodily media, or purchase merchandise. Bandcamp’s iOS app does not course of digital purchases in any respect as a result of Apple’s required income lower makes it unattainable for the corporate to be so beneficiant. The Android app might find yourself this manner until Epic or the court docket system can dealer a compromise.
Until now, Google’s fee system hasn’t been obligatory for digital music purchases on Play Store apps, however that exception ends on June 1. Afterward, Google will take 10 % of the Bandcamp app’s digital buy income. Epic and Bandcamp stated this is able to both power the latter to move the additional value to shoppers (taking the lower from artists is a nonstarter for them), delist the Bandcamp app, or function it with out digital purchases just like the iOS app.
Epic’s court docket submitting describes Google’s insurance policies as monopolistic and even unlawful. It echoes the language Epic utilized in its authorized battle in opposition to Apple over the suitable to function the cellular model of Fortnite with out utilizing Apple’s fee system.
Despite Epic principally dropping that battle, governments worldwide are beginning to legislate in opposition to forcing apps to make use of platform holders’ fee techniques. Late final month, Dutch regulators mandated that Apple enable native courting apps to make use of third-party fee processors. Last August, South Korea handed a legislation forbidding Google and Apple from forcing their fee techniques onto apps. Such laws might conflict with Google’s upcoming coverage change.