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Apple may be forced to lower the App Store Commission to 20% in Russia




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Apple charges 30% commission from developers for selling the App Store worldwide. In Russia, however, Apple may be forced to lower the commission to just 20%. According to a new report published by Reuters today, a bill has been submitted to the lower Russian parliament to limit Apple̵

7;s App Store commission to 20%.

According to the publication, “The bill, which was presented to Russia’s lower house by parliamentarian Fedot Tumusov, stipulates that commissions for the sale of applications should be limited to 20%. Apple is currently collecting a 30% commission on sales in the App Store. ”

Furthermore, if this bill is passed in the assembly, companies such as Apple may “pay a third of the commission to a special training fund for IT specialists on a quarterly basis.” According to Tumusov, it is a growth opportunity for IT developers to lower the commission and have the opportunity to bring products to users.

Russia is not the only country scrutinizing Apple for the App Store guidelines. Many countries around the world accuse the Cupertino-based technology giant of its antitrust behavior, mainly for App Store commissions, policies and practices. However, no country has been successful in tackling app commissions from major technology companies such as Apple so far.

Russia had recently found Apple guilty of antitrust conduct based on how the iPhone maker handled third-party parental control patches in the App Store. If Russia passes the bill to lower Apple’s commission, other countries around the world will be urged to force the Cupertino – based technology giant to lower app commissions in its regions.

Our Take

Google also takes 30% commission on app sales. If Russia passes the bill to limit the app commission in the App Store to 20%, it is only a matter of time before Google will be forced to lower its app commissions.

[Source: Reuters]