The Coalition for App Fairness (CAF) launched an announcement on Thursday cheering on the Division of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit in opposition to Apple. The group consists of a lot of key app makers, together with Epic Video games, Spotify, Deezer, Match Group, Proton and others.

“With at present’s announcement, the Division of Justice is taking a robust stand in opposition to Apple’s stranglehold over the cell app ecosystem, which stifles competitors and hurts American customers and builders alike,” mentioned Rick VanMeter, government director of the CAF. “The DOJ criticism particulars Apple’s lengthy historical past of unlawful conduct – abusing their App Retailer pointers and developer agreements to extend costs, extract exorbitant charges, degrade person experiences, and choke off competitors. The DOJ joins regulators all over the world, who’ve acknowledged the numerous harms of Apple’s abusive conduct and are working to deal with it.”

A few of the CAF’s members, like Epic and Spotify, have been embroiled in high-profile authorized proceedings over Apple’s anticompetitive practices.

For years, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has been vocal about his displeasure with Apple’s 30% lower of in-app funds, which he thinks is monopolistic and predatory. In 2020, Epic made it potential for Fortnite gamers to pay Epic immediately, relatively than giving a lower to Apple. Then, Apple eliminated Epic from the App Retailer, which sparked a slew of authorized proceedings. Although Epic has seen some victories — now, builders are allowed to route customers to different cost strategies — Apple has not been confirmed to be a monopoly in any of those lawsuits. 

Because the Digital Markets Act (DMA) took impact within the European Union, Spotify has grow to be extra antagonistic towards Apple. The DMA was speculated to facilitate competitors within the EU, however Spotify referred to as Apple’s plans for DMA compliance — which add extra developer charges — “a whole and whole farce.”

In a thread on X, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said: “I used to be skeptical of Apple’s intentions to conform after years of watching them get away with such excessive abuse with all of the methods they skirt laws all over the world. Who wouldn’t be? However the legislation is the legislation, proper? Not if you’re Apple…”

However Apple sees the CAF because the dangerous man. In a briefing with journalists concerning the DOJ’s antitrust lawsuit, Apple displayed a slide that positioned the CAF as a part of an internet of firms making an attempt to take Apple down for their very own acquire.

In an announcement, Apple mentioned: “This lawsuit threatens who we’re and the ideas that set Apple merchandise aside in fiercely aggressive markets. If profitable, it might hinder our capacity to create the type of expertise individuals anticipate from Apple—the place {hardware}, software program, and providers intersect. It could additionally set a harmful precedent, empowering authorities to take a heavy hand in designing individuals’s expertise. We imagine this lawsuit is improper on the info and the legislation, and we’ll vigorously defend in opposition to it.”