Elon Musk Blasts Apple Over Its App Store Fees: 'Epic Is Right'

The Tesla CEO called out the tech giant via Twitter on Saturday. He expressed his support for Epic Games, which is suing Apple over its App Store policies.

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Elon Musk

Elon Musk is taking aim at Apple Inc.

The Tesla CEO hit up Twitter on Friday to slam the tech giant over its App Store fees, referring to them as a “de facto global tax on the internet.” Musk concluded his post by expressing his support for Epic Games, the software developer that is suing Apple over its controversial App Store policies.

Apple app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet. Epic is right.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2021

Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple in August 2020, when its wildly popular game Fortnite was remove from the App Store. Apple made the move after Epic offered players a 20 percent discount on the in-game currency known as “V Bucks”; however, to take advantage of the savings, players had to purchase the currency directly from Epic, rather than going through Apple. 

Epic accused Apple of running a monopoly through its in-app purchase system, which gives Apple a 15-30 percent cut of all sales made within the apps. Musk went on to admit that he likes and uses Apple products, but said the company’s commission fee was “completely unreasonable,” which is why he’s siding with Epic in the ongoing legal battle. 

Actually, I like & use Apple products.

They are just obviously overcharging with App Store. I mean 30% fees for doing almost zero incremental work is completely unreasonable.

Epic wouldn’t bother processing their own payments if App Store fees were fair.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2021

Normally, competitive pressure would force Apple to lower fees, but Apple & Android have a duopoly on phones. When interface familiarity is taken into account, it’s basically a monopoly.

The effective 30% sales tax Apple charges is hidden from users or there would be an outcry.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2021

Shortly after Musk’s initial tweet, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney took to Twitter to, once again, challenge Apple’s power.

The Apple Tax is far more pernicious than many realize. “It only applies to digital goods accessible on iOS”, they say — but in the future all physical goods will have a digital presence, and Apple will tax and gatekeep world commerce. Apple must be stopped.

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) July 30, 2021

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