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Apple will reduce the commission for most developers to 15% after years of complaints, although it does not affect Fortnite or Spotify

After years of complaints, the "small developers" of the Apple App Store will see reduced the commission they pay to Apple on paid applications and in-app purchases and subscriptions. Compared to the historic 30% set by Steve Jobs in 2008, which has influenced all online stores, developers will pay 15%.

But as we said, the measure is contemplated for what Apple considers small, that is, those making less than a million dollars a year with revenue from the App Store. Thus, companies like Spotify, which has been one of the companies that has presented the most public battle to Apple, are probably out of this measure. The measure will take effect on the first day of January 2021.

This is how the 'App Store Small Business Program' works

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Apple has christened the initiative 'App Store Small Business Program'or' App Store Small Business Program '. It has not yet offered full details, mentioning that they will be given in early November, but important details are known beyond the reduction to 15%.

The most important thing is that for billing less than 1 million dollars, you do not automatically enter the program, but you have to opt for it requesting it. Thus, these are the conditions to qualify for it:

  • Existing developers who made up to $ 1 million in 2020 for all their apps, as well as new developers on the App Store, are eligible for the program and the reduced commission.

  • If a participating developer exceeds the $ 1 million threshold, the standard commission rate will apply for the remainder of the year.

  • If a developer's business falls below the $ 1 million threshold in the future, they can re-qualify for the 15 percent commission the following year.

It should be remembered that with regard to subscriptions, Apple took the measure of reducing to that same 15% when more than one year was fulfilled, a rule that is active now and that was launched when the company considered that the subscription model was valid for any type of application (something that has had its good part but has also been very harmful).

This decision by Apple, in addition to public pressure from many developers, and the Hey, Fortnite case, and the Stadia and xCloud cases, may have influenced the antitrust investigation that is being carried out in the United States, where eThe focus on Apple is on these issues.

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