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Arizona advances bill forcing Apple to allow Fortnite-style alternative payment options

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The Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill limiting the control Apple and Google have over their mobile app stores, by a slim 31 to 29 vote. The bill would prevent the companies from forcing app developers to use their own in-app payment systems, which take a 15% to 30% cut of transactions. The bill will now move to the Arizona State Senate.

The advancement of the bill is a loss for Apple and Google, and a win for developers such as Epic Games that have been complaining to antitrust regulators about the app store owners’ practices. However the slim margin of support could indicate difficulty with the billing ultimately being signed into law. An earlier version of the bill passed the House Appropriations Committee, by a similar narrow vote of 7 to 6.

North Dakota state legislators recently voted down a similar bill, but other states including Georgia and Minnesota have their own versions in the works. Statehouses however, are not the only concern for Apple and Google. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating both companies’ app stores for possible antitrust violations, and Congress is currently weighing an expansion of US antitrust laws that could curtail the power of Big Tech more broadly.

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