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Apple’s EU antitrust case targets App Store limits on Microsoft and Facebook gaming apps

(Reuters) – Facebook and Microsoft’s grievances over how their gaming apps seem on Apple’s App Store could feed into an EU investigation into the iPhone maker’s enterprise as EU antitrust regulators mentioned such issues are on their radar.

The European Commission in June opened 4 probes into Apple, three of that are into its App Store and its restrictive guidelines, together with necessities that app builders use its personal in-app buying system.

U.S. social media large Facebook and Microsoft are the most recent corporations to voice issues in regards to the guidelines, which have drawn criticism from app builders who say they create an uneven taking part in discipline to compete with the iPhone maker.

Asked about Facebook and Microsoft’s points with Apple, Commission spokeswoman Arianna Podesta mentioned in a press release: “The Commission is aware of these concerns regarding Apple’s App Store rules.”

She didn’t present particulars.

Apple dismissed criticism of its App Store guidelines, saying the identical algorithm applies to all apps to guard prospects and supply a good and stage taking part in discipline for builders.

Sony’s PlayStation Remote and Valve’s SteamLink are allowed on the App Store, it mentioned, and builders can attain customers through its internet browser Safari, the place they’ll additionally construct shops and companies.

Facebook final week mentioned its gaming app was solely accessible on Apple’s App Store as a streaming service and that customers won’t be able to play video games.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg mentioned the corporate needed to take away gameplay performance fully to safe Apple’s approval of its Facebook Gaming app.

Microsoft, which has a game-streaming service known as Project xCloud mentioned: “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 an emailed assertion.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; enhancing by Barbara Lewis)

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