South Korea passes law with major implications for Apple vs Epic

The National Assembly of South Korea has voted to pass a law that will force Apple and Google to let developers use alternative payment methods on the iOS and Android app stores (thanks, iMore). In normal times this would be big news. In the context of Apple and Epic’s ongoing legal battle over anti-competitive practices, it is gargantuan.

The bill was passed today and, per the Wall Street Journal, will become law once signed by President Moon Jae-in. It amends South Korea’s Telecommunications Business Act to prevent huge platform-holders like Apple from making developers use their in-built payment systems. It further has provisions to stop retaliatory measures from platform-holders towards developers who choose to use alternative payment systems that, for example, would have stopped Apple removing Fortnite from the iOS store after Epic installed its own payment system.

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