Epic asks court to stop Google from removing Bandcamp from Play Store

For some time, Epic Games has been in a fight against app store payment systems. And it’s part of that fight that the Fortnite maker asked a court to stop Google from removing Bandcamp from the Play Store.

Bandcamp is an online music retail platform and the app has been downloaded over 1 million times on Google Play Store. However, it seems that Google has threatened to remove Bandcamp because it uses its own billing system instead of paying commissions to Google.

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The ins and outs of the situation

Bandcamp, which is owned by Epic, has used its own billing system on Android since 2015. And a blog post from Bandcamp’s CEO reports that it was able to do so thanks to rules exempting digital music from the requirement to use Google’s billing system. But there is a turnaround as Google changed its rules to require Bandcamp and other similar apps to exclusively use Google Play Billing for payments for digital goods and services. At the same time, they must pay a share of the revenue to Google.

Note that these new rules require Bandcamp to make the necessary changes from 1er June. These new provisions force Bandcamp to choose between passing the fees on to customers, passing the fees on to artists, running its Android business at a loss, or disabling in-app sales.

Google’s new rules have negative impacts on Epic

Epic Games opposes Google’s new rules because paying Google would force it to change its current business model or operate Bandcamp’s business at a long-term loss. Indeed, this would affect Epic’s ability to give artists 82% of their Bandcamp revenue as it would have to give 10% to Google.

That’s not all, musical artists will also suffer because they will have to wait longer for their pay. For information, Epic’s current system allows artists to be paid within 24 to 48 hours of a sale. This is not the case with Google, which only pays developers 15 to 45 days after a sale.

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