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the 30% commission is already starting to disappear

The App Store and the Play Store will fall from their pedestal in South Korea, where the law aimed at reducing their monopoly has just been applied.

While the world of new technologies is changing, the digital giants like Apple and Google seem more fragile than ever. Indeed, South Korea has just brought the Apple to its knees, which must now give free rein to competition on the App Store after a historic court decision on the part of the Asian peninsula.

Indeed, in the country of Samsung, Apple remains a very important player in the market, but the monopoly of the Cupertino company, in particular because of its application downloads platform, does not please. Apple therefore had to comply with Korean law and allow developers who so wish to set up their own third-party payment method, thus avoiding Apple’s 30% commission.

More commissions? Not so sure

A godsend for developers who were impatiently waiting for this day and who will therefore be able to use their own payment system. On the Cupertino side, the decision is very difficult to pass, while the App Store, with this commission, is one of the main sources of income for the Apple.

The latter will therefore have to do without, unless the firm finds a new legal remedy. And that is precisely what seems to have been done. Apple has already announced that payments, even made from a third-party system, will pass through Apple’s hands and the Cupertino company reserves the right to charge a commission on them if the shortfall is too great. .

A decision that is not surprising when you consider that Google, another digital giant targeted by this case, has decided to take the same direction. Korean law will be applied, but in the end the changes will be minor, they which will be based only on a new system of payments, the sinews of war that is the commission is still there.

A threat still very present for Apple and Google

But the passage of this law and the obedience of Apple and Google sign a very encouraging first step in the fight against the monopolies of digital companies. If Google were to continue to collect a commission, in the order of 11% instead of 15% in Korea, things could still change in the future for the search engine as well as its Californian neighbor.

The two companies know very well that their respective positions will be weakened in the coming months by the various governments. In addition to South Korea, other countries like Italy and the Netherlands seem very involved in the fight against the monopoly of download platforms, and the courts of these countries want to put an end to it.

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