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Epic says there’s an App Store payment lockout — but Apple just sees friction

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In Epic’s Fortnite, “cross-wallet” means you can buy in-game currency (known as V-Bucks) with real money on one device, then spend it on a different device.

Apple did support cross-wallet play before banning Fortnite last year — and on the trial’s second day, that fact became a serious pitfall for Epic.

Apple continued a long cross-examination of Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, whose hours of testimony included a digression on whether Fortnite counts as a true metaverse or simply a big free-to-play game that has concerts.

Sweeney was followed by two witnesses from outside Epic: the founder of an iOS yoga app, followed by the product manager for Nvidia’s cloud gaming service.

All argued that Apple’s tightly managed App Store forced customers to use clunky workarounds.

Fortnite was kicked off the App Store for adding its own V-Bucks purchasing system right inside the app, violating Apple’s restrictions on in-app payment processing.

But as Apple’s lawyers pointed out today, Epic had another option for selling V-Bucks on iOS.

The company just needed to sell them directly through its website, which users could visit through the iPhone or iPad Safari browser without Apple getting any kind of commission.

Why couldn’t iPhone users buy V-Bucks through Safari, she asked, before Fortnite’s ban in August? If somebody wants to buy V-Bucks, he said, there’s a good chance they’re already looking at an item in Fortnite.

” In short, “there’s a huge amount of payment processing and customer friction associated with selling a user of an app an item outside of that app.

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But after asking how old most Fortnite players were, Rogers suggested that a little friction might be a good thing.

“Isn’t that a responsible way to deal with a young client base?” If people can buy V-Bucks and then switch platforms, “what you’re really asking for is the ability to have impulse purchases.

Benjamin Simon is the CEO of a company called Yoga Buddhi, which runs an iOS app called Down Dog.

) Yoga Buddhi offers a hefty discount for signing up outside the iOS app.

Right now, about half the iOS user base apparently pays a premium to sign up through the App Store.

For comparison, only 10 percent of Android users pay a similar premium through the Play Store, because Google doesn’t have the same restrictions.

Simon acknowledged that Yoga Buddhi can reach customers via other methods like email and help them switch to the discounted version.


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