Meta has spent years criticizing Apple for its fees to app developers. will now do the same

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Meta has been one of many critics of Apple’s app store business model. Mark Zuckerberg himself has accused the cupertino company to “lock innovation and competition” with App Store commissions. Nevertheless, meta is doing the same with the developers who will help grow the metaverse, the ambitious project with which he hopes to continue leading the internet after the decline of Facebook.

The Oculus Quest Storethe app store for Meta Quest 2 virtual reality glasses, charges a 30% commission for all digital purchases and between 15 and 30% for subscriptions. This Meta posture, according to the Financial Timesis drawing a growing pushback from developers building virtual reality apps for a company that previously criticized the business model it has now adopted.

The anger of some developers

Some developers believe that Meta takes advantage of the fact that its app store is one of the only options in a startup business. “The problem is that it seems that everyone agrees on the 30% commission and we are stuck with it. Feels like there’s no competitionsays Daniel Sproll of the ‘Puzzling Places’ VR game development team.

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However, Meta defends its strategy. The company led by Mark Zuckerberg maintains that its business model has a very important difference in relation to Apple. As they explain, there are no restrictions for users to install applications outside the official Oculus Quest Store, nor for developers to take their apps to third-party stores.

The truth is that criticism from one side and the other between Apple and Meta have been around for a long time. Earlier this year, when Meta announced that it would charge an additional fee from 17.5% to 30% commission on sales made through the Meta Quest Store within within its virtual reality platform, Horizon Worlds, the Cupertino company accused to Zuckerberg’s of “hypocrisy”.

Earlier, in August 2020, the two tech giants collided when Facebook asked Apple to waive the 30% commission related to its online events app or allow payment through Facebook Pay. Those from Cupertino refused, arguing that such a request violated the rules of the App Store.

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target too I had tried unsuccessfully to add games to the Facebook app when App Store rules don’t allow third-party apps to distribute games as a separate platform, which is why, for example, there’s no Xbox Cloud Gaming app on iPhone or iPad.

In any case, although it seems to be taking inspiration from it now, Meta is not the only company that has complained about the App Store. We previously saw how ‘Fortnite’ was removed from the Apple app store after Epic Games introduced its own payment method, a situation that led to several lawsuits.

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Meta has been one of many critics of Apple’s app store business model. Mark Zuckerberg himself has accused the cupertino…

Meta has been one of many critics of Apple’s app store business model. Mark Zuckerberg himself has accused the cupertino…

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