Apple will protect indie developers in Europe from the bankruptcy risk of DMA changes | Technology

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While Europe’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) antitrust law forced Apple to allow developers to sell apps outside the company’s own App Store, there were a number of potential problems with the company’s terms and conditions – not least of which is that an unexpected viral hit could have bankrupted an indie developer.

Apple had already made a number of changes to its terms to reduce the risk, and has now added two more protections which should prevent that nightmare scenario …

The bankruptcy risk introduced by Apple’s changes

Apple originally offered developers in the EU the freedom to opt out of the App Store, but it came with some pretty crucial small-print. This included a ‘no backsies’ clause, which meant that if a developer opted out and then realized they were worse off, they didn’t have the power to change their mind.

Being worse off was a very real possibility thanks to another condition: a Core Technology Fee of €0.50 per install per app. The CTF only kicked in at a million installs in a year, but if a free app unexpectedly went viral then a hobbyist developer could face…


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