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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney is scheduled to appear at a conference in South Korea next week, where he and other critics of Apple’s App Store policies will discuss equity in mobile app ecosystems.
The Coalition for Application Equity on Wednesday announced the details of its upcoming Global Conference on Mobile Application Ecosystem Equity, to be held on November 15th and 16th.
Sweeney will join CAF CEO Meghan DiMuzio, Match Group SVP Mark Buse, French Secretary of State for Digital Transition Cedric O in a round of talks and upcoming question and answer sessions with media representatives. Match Group CEO Shar Dubey and “other leaders” will participate in the event virtually.
Topics for discussion have not been announced, but app stores are likely to be in the spotlight as the group has drawn criticism at the expense of Apple and Google dealing with their online markets. Epic, for example, is waging legal battles with both companies over in-app purchases, third-party app stores, and other issues.
CAF was formed by Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer, Epic Games, the European Publishers Council, Match Group, News Media Europe, Prepear, Protonmail, Skydemon, Spotify and Tile to “protect consumer choice, encourage competition and create a level playing field. all developers of applications and games around the world. “
The conference will be held after the adoption of the South Korean law, which requires application store operators to accept third-party payment systems. An amendment to the state telecommunications law, the law prohibits Apple and Google from forcing developers to use first-party payment systems for in-app purchases. Additionally, the amendment sets out bans on application trading rules that discourage developers from placing their merchandise on other platforms.
The Korean Communications Commission, which is in charge of law enforcement, has asked Apple and Google to submit compliance plans by October. As Reuters According to reports, Google submitted a proposal last week, but Apple is believed to be resisting.
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