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Apple has generated at least $100 million from Fortnite commissions

During the last two-plus years Fortnite was available on the App Store, Apple has made at least $100 million on commissions and fees from users according to an Apple executive testifying on Wednesday. 

Courtesy of MarketWatch

Apple removed the game from the App Store last year because Epic Games introduced its own system for in-app purchases, bypassing Apple’s added fees on the purchase. The antitrust trial has been taking place in Oakland, California for three weeks. 

Apple removed the game from the App Store last year because Epic Games introduced its own system for in-app purchases, bypassing Apple’s added fees on the purchase. The antitrust trial has been taking place in Oakland, California for three weeks. 

According to Yahoo Finance, Michael Schmid, Apple’s head of game business development for the App Store, didn’t give an exact number and declined to say if it was more than $200 million. It is estimated that the exact figure is far higher, potentially as much as $350 million due to Apple’s 30% commissions. 

The implications of this trial are huge for Apple’s App Store. Although $100 million is practically nothing for Apple, which made $275 billion in revenue in 2020, the outcome could dramatically impact the company’s $22 billion made from App Store commission last year, according to Yahoo.

In basic terms, Epic Games is trying to prove that Apple has abused its power in its App Store, acting as a monopoly, and that the 30% commission is too high. On the other hand, Apple claims that commission is required to run the App Store and that the rate of charges is similar to other gaming platforms. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be Apple’s final witness on Friday, May 21. Stropse will continue to monitor the trial and its future implications.

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