Bandcamp says it can’t afford Google Play bills, court orders Epic files [Updated] 2022-04-29 14:30:38


Rain coins on the Epic Games piggy bank.

Epic and Google are preparing for another legal battle. You may remember that Google has an extension In-app billing campaign Coming to Play Store soon. The new rules require all apps selling digital goods to use Google Play Billing by March 31, so Google gets a cut in sales. No app in non-compliance has been able to ship updates since March 31, but the real deadline is June 1, when these apps will be removed from the Play Store. Epic Games purchased Popular indie music site Bandcamp in March, and has already sued Google over its latest acquisition. Bandcamp does not comply with billing rules, so it is set to be banned in June. As part of an antitrust case against Google, Epic Apply To obtain a preliminary injunction to prevent Bandcamp from being delisted from the Play Store.

epic has attack Google and Apple about their App Store rules and what Epic says are exorbitant fees. In March, there were a lot of questions about why there was a file generator It is an electronic game Unreal Engine will buy an independent music site. One comment line from the founder of Music Business Worldwide Team Angham Looks like he’s mastered Epic’s strategy. Ingham notes that Epic failed to get Apple to reduce the App Store’s 30 percent discount, in part because Epic’s alternative model could prove to the court, the Epic Games Store and its 12 percent fee, not profitable. Apple’s lawyers argued that the unprofitability of Epic’s Games Store justified Apple’s 30 percent fee.

bandcamp he is Profitable digital content company. Bandcamp has a searchable content store, which hosts and offers content by charging artists a commission of 10 to 15 percent. Ingham predicted that Epic would endorse Bandcamp’s business model as a viable alternative to Apple’s and Google’s app store fees, and that Epic would use its new acquisition to attack app store owners. We seem to see the first actions of that plan.

Bandcamp says its business is not compatible with Google Play Billing

Epic’s court filing argues that “Google has a monopoly on Android app distribution, and uses its monopoly power to link its payment product — Google Play Billing — with its app distribution product — Google Play.” Bandcamp is used as an example of the damage this billing system will do, arguing that Bandcamp’s business model is mostly incompatible with Google Play Billing.

Epic raises several issues with the Google billing system. First, Bandcamp’s payment system is “tailored to increase efficiency and reduce costs, allowing artists to pay within 24 to 48 hours of sale.” Google Play takes 15-45 days to pay, and Bandcamp’s quick system aims to help independent artists pay their monthly bills on time.

Second, Epic says Bandcamp’s ability to give artists 82 percent of revenue would be hit if Google cuts 30 percent. Epic also notes that Google offered the company a 10 percent commission deal after Epic complained. Google continues to offer huge companies special discounts on Play Store fees. Spotify has another special arrangement that allows it to run its own payments system alongside Google Play. Epic also rejected the 10 per cent deal, saying that Bandcamp currently has a 7 per cent profit margin from its 13 per cent cut, so it can’t afford it.

One of the most interesting complaints is that Google Play Billing is not compatible with the type of store Bandcamp operates on. The first is that Bandcamp is a mixture of digital and physical content. This makes sense for a music company – you can buy a digital download, a physical CD or vinyl record, and some band products like a T-shirt, all in one store. Google Play Billing, which was intended for in-app purchases, is not designed for this and does not support actual sales. Bandcamp will have to support two different payment systems, and it will have to operate two different payment systems. The second compatibility problem with Bandcamp is that it is an open market, with thousands of artists selling merchandise. Google Play supports paying a single developer entity, not playing the middleman role for thousands of sellers.

On the Bandcamp blog, CEO Ethan Diamond said: “If changes to Google policy continue, starting on June 1, we will have to either pass Google fees to consumers (which makes Android a less attractive platform for music fans), and pass the fees on to artists (which We’d never do it), permanently run your Android business at a loss, or turn off digital sales in an Android app.” Removing purchases due to Google’s new billing rules is an option Amazon and Barnes & Noble Took earlier this month. Poor Barnes & Noble is also an Android manufacturer, now it can’t sell digital books on it king hardware!

Epic’s antitrust case against Google is set for April 2023, while incompatible apps will be shut down from the Play Store within a month. We will be on the lookout for more developments.

4:18 p.m. Eastern time update: Google sent a statement:

This is another baseless claim from Epic, which is now using its newly acquired Bandcamp app to continue its efforts to avoid paying the value provided by Google Play. We were transparent About Play’s 18-month payment policy, and as Epic knows, Bandcamp is only eligible for a 10% service fee through Play’s Media Experience Program—much less than the fees they charge for their own platforms. Despite their claims, Android’s openness means Bandcamp has multiple ways to distribute its apps to Android users, including through other app stores, directly to users via their own website or as a consumer-only app as they do on iOS.