Microsoft to Allow Amazon and Epic Games stores on Its App Store
Microsoft plans to integrate third-party app shops into its Microsoft marketplace in the near future.
When apps handle their own in-app payment systems, Microsoft claims that it will not receive a portion of the revenue generated by the apps.
The integration of third-party app stores into the Microsoft marketplace will allow companies like Amazon.com Inc., Epic Games Inc., and others to provide more options to third-party developers, according to The Hindu.
When apps handle their own in-app payment systems, a Redmond, Washington-based company claims that it will not receive a portion of the revenue generated by the apps.
While Epic Games and Apple Inc. have been embroiled in a legal battle since last year over Epic's attempt to establish its own in-app payment system in order to dodge Apple's 30% tax on select in-app sales made through the App Store, the company's decision to go public is surprising.
A number of developers have expressed concern about Apple's app-vetting process, which they believe is opaque and untrustworthy. They also allege that the corporation charges commissions ranging from 15% to 30% on many App Store sales.
Epic Games Chief Executive Officer Tim Sweeney said in a tweet “Microsoft is again leading the industry forward with Windows, now an open platform with an open store,”