App Maker Blix Sent EU Antitrust Chief a Letter Complaining that Apple's App Store does not provide a Level Playing Field
It's being reported today in an exclusive report that U.S. app maker Blix on Monday took its fight against Apple to Europe as it laid out its grievances against the iPhone maker to EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, saying that Apple is not playing fair.
Blix’s criticism came amid Vestager’s ongoing investigation into Apple’s App Store and mobile payment system Apple Pay as she moves to curb the power of online gatekeepers on which thousands of companies depend for business.
Blix previously sued Apple for excluding its BlueMail product from the Mac app store, accusing the company of infringing its patented technology and abusing its dominance in the app store. Patently Apple covered this lawsuit in a report back in October 2019 titled "Apple has been sued by Blix, owner of BlueMail, for Patent Infringement and Illegal Monopolization."
Apple, which subsequently allowed BlueMail back in the digital shop, had cited security issues for the exclusion.
Blix founder Ben Volach wrote in a letter to Vestager seen by Reuters" It is clear to us that Apple is not playing fair. In writing this letter, we are trying to dispel a misconception perpetrated by Apple. The App Store is not a level playing field; developers are not treated equally when they compete with Apple’s own apps. Our own experience bears this out."
Volach added that "They mask Apple’s ambition to fully control this essential marketplace and distribution channel in order to maintain its apps’ dominance to its competitors’ disadvantage." For more, read the full Reuters report.