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Group battling Apple’s App Store rules sees its membership skyrocket



The chorus of voices calling for Apple to change its App Store practices is growing.

Less than a month after music streamer Spotify and Tinder parent Match Group joined The Coalition for App Fairness — which is pushing for legislation that will force Apple to cut its steep fees — the list of companies that want in on the action is stretching into the hundreds.

The Washington, DC-based nonprofit has received more than 400 membership requests from developers who for the first time feel able to call Apple out for the 30-percent fee it takes from in-app purchases.

“The outpouring of interest we’ve received has exceeded our expectations,” Sarah Maxwell, a spokeswoman for the coalition, told the Washington Post. “As we bring on new members and hear their stories, it’s evident that too many developers have been unable to make their voices heard.”

The coalition first made headlines when “Fortnite” developer Epic Games joined, along with Spotify and Match, after it fired the first shot at Apple over the summer. Epic provoked a fight when it implemented a new payments system for its ultra-popular game which would allow it to avoid the iPhone maker’s traditional revenue cut.

“Fortnite” has since been booted from the App Store, along with all of Epic’s other games, and is embroiled in a high-stakes lawsuit with Apple.

Among the 10 “App Store Principles” the coalition is demanding is that “No developer should be required to pay unfair, unreasonable or discriminatory fees or revenue shares.”

New names on the coalition’s roster include popular yoga app Down Dog and subscription ad blocker Scroll.

Scroll CEO Tony Haile told the paper that he was no longer afraid of drawing Apple’s ire for complaining about the fees.

“You do the right thing and let the chips fall where they may,” he said. “I don’t think being muzzled is good for anyone.”

Earlier this month, the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel excoriated Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon for their monopoly power, comparing them to the robber barons of yesteryear.

Apple in particular was singled out for its high App Store fees.

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