What you need to know
- The FTC is taking aim at Apple and Google in a settlement with a mobile gaming platform.
- Democratic Commissioners called Apple one of the gatekeeping giants of the mobile gaming industry.
As reported by CNBC, a settlement between the FTC and mobile gaming platform Tapjoy also took aim at Apple and its control over the App Store. Democratic Commissioners Rohit Chopra and Rebecca Kelly Slaughter lambasted Tapjoy for amplifying "false offers by its business partners, who baited gamers with big rewards only to cheat them when it was time to pay up."
However, the commissioners labeled the platform as merely "a minnow next to the gatekeeping giants of the mobile gaming industry, Apple and Google."
Apple has long argued that one of the main reasons for its tight control over the App Store is to ensure that it is a safe place for people to use apps. The statement from the FTC, despite the commissioner's argument against the company, seems to acknowledge that Tapjoy is an example of what can happen when someone like Apple does not have control over its platform.
Apple has been under increasing pressure for its control over the App Store. Most recently, the company welcomed developers to the App Store Small Business Program, which offers a 50% reduction in App Store fees to about 98% of developers.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.