China’s high app store fees make Apple’s look cheap

The words “app store” appeared 340 times in the U.S. House of representatives report accusing Big Tech – Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook – of abusing its market power. They should see China’s app stores. The report, which came out on Tuesday, cited complaints of developers like Epic Games, which have been agitating for Apple and Google to cut back on the 30% fee they take on app-related payments.

Apple App Store on Apple devices
Apple’s App Store

Zheping Huang fro Bloomberg:

But in China, a 30% cut of app sales sounds pretty good.

While app makers the world over have been deriding Apple and Google’s share as an unfair and unwarranted tax, Chinese Android stores frequently take cuts of about 50%. Now, a handful of Chinese developers have started the fight to push their revenue split down to the global standard.

In recent weeks, two Chinese gaming startups, Lilith Games and miHoYo, said they won’t sell their would-be autumn hits via app stores pre-installed on smartphones made by Huawei and Xiaomi. Instead, they’ve opted for stores charging smaller fees or none at all—including Apple’s App Store, which levies the same 30% charge in China as it does everywhere else.

Why do Chinese app stores charge so much? For starters, local vendors are dominant in the country’s smartphone market, with the iPhone making up just 8% of sales in the June quarter. Google Play doesn’t exist, so the pre-installed mobile stores of Chinese smartphone makers become the first choice for more than half a billion Android users. That’s made it easier for companies like Huawei Technologies Co., Xiaomi Corp. and Oppo to take a larger share of revenue.

MacDailyNews Take: As always, the lack of competition creates vacuum into which price gougers happily rush to fill.

Obviously, Apple’s App Store fees are reasonable. How much did it cost developers to have their applications burned onto CDs, boxed, shipped, and displayed on store shelves prior to Apple remaking the world for the better for umpteenth time?

Greedy scam artists like Epic Games want all of the benefits afforded to them by Apple’s App Store for free.


  1. All of these developers complaining are just so many foxes suing the farmer for locking up his chickens at night. They demand Free Access to the Chickens! Farmer Has Unfair Monopoly on Chickens!

  2. this cry for regulations has nothing to do with a concern for consumers. It’s just a “smoke screen” to distract and pacify low information voters. The plan is to cancel USA big tech and surrender to competing CCP state run corporations. Marxism is only concerned with absolute power by any means necessary. USA universities and the woke wing of the Democratic Party is terminally infected with a Marxist cancer. Big tech empowered the very Ideology that will literally break them to pieces.

    Grab the popcorn, in the next 4 years big tech is going down!

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