Microsoft will lower its prices for online game builders who publish video games in its on-line retailer, beginning August, the New York Times reported on Thursday.
According to the report, builders can now preserve 88 p.c of the income that they make from their video games, up from 70 p.c earlier, making Microsoft’s retailer extra engaging to impartial builders and smaller gaming studios.
The firm didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark.
The transfer comes at a time when Apple is battling a lawsuit filed final 12 months by Fortnite creator Epic Games alleging that the iPhone maker has abused its dominance available in the market for cell apps.
In legal filings, Epic has accused Apple of trapping folks in its cell machine world and amassing “outsized commission” on the App Store that serves as the one supply of digital content material.
Apple counters that it has no monopoly on the subject of digital video games and that the swimsuit is a part of an effort by Epic to painting “Apple as the ‘bad guy’ so that it can revive flagging interest in Fortnite.”
Apple pulled Fortnite from its App Store in August of final 12 months after Epic launched an replace that dodges income sharing with the iPhone maker, and the businesses at the moment are locked in a authorized battle.
A trial within the case is about to start May three in US federal court docket.