Tim Sweeney on Apple’s 15% cut: “We’re not fighting for a lower commission”Epic Games CEO says 30% commission “is not wrongful, it’s just a bad deal”James BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 19th November 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleEpic GamesTim Sweeney has responded to Apple’s new tiered commission system, reiterating that the 30% fee itself is not at the heart of his company’s ongoing legal battle with the iPhone maker.Yesterday, Apple unveiled the App Store Small Business Program, which reduces the commission fee on sales and in-app purchases to 15% for developers who earned less than $1 million in the previous calendar year.The initiative was positioned as an effort to assist smaller and new developers, but has inevitably been viewed as a subtle response to Epic Games’ ongoing complaint about the 30% fee.Back in August, Epic added direct payments to Fortnite to avoid giving Apple its 30%. This prompted Apple to remove the game from the App Store, to which Epic responded with an anti-trust lawsuit.Following the news of the 15% cut, Fortnite fans reached out to Sweeney, asking whether such a deal would bring the battle royale back to iOS — not that Epic would qualify, of course.”We’re not fighting for a lower commission,” Sweeney tweeted. “Epic is fighting for fair competition among mobile platform companies, stores, and payment processors. If iOS were open to competing payments and stores, we’d happily return, even if Apple’s own payment service still charged 30%.”Apple’s 30% commission is not wrongful, it’s just a bad deal. What is wrongful is Apple blocking competing stores and payment processors, to ensure that good deals can’t be offered to developers at all.”While Sweeney claims the 30% figure itself is not the issue, he has spoken out against this fee several times before. Back in 2017, he warned developers that app stores are “pocketing a huge amount of profit” at their expense. A year later, he told GamesIndustry.biz the “30% store tax is a high cost” — this comment came as Fortnite released on Android without going through Google Play.At the end of 2018, Epic Games has since launched its own PC store to rival Steam, taking only a 12% cut of transactions rather than the usual 30%.In another Twitter conversation, he added consumers won’t benefit from this new initiative.”It’s great that Apple is giving indie devs a better deal, but 95% of in-app purchases are in bigger apps that Apple still taxes at 30%, so this will provide no relief to consumers who are paying inflated prices for items,” he wrote.Interestingly, this particular discourse revealed that both Epic and Apple declined the same solution to their ongoing dispute.”Epic offered to put 30% of direct payment revenue into escrow and Apple didn’t agree,” Sweeney claimed. “In [a later hearing], the judge queried would whether Epic would revert to Apple payments if Apple put the 30% in escrow, and we said no.”The Epic vs Apple case is due to be held in May 2021. Epic Games has filed a similar lawsuit against Google. Responding to a Twitter user observing that, unlike Apple, Google does allow direct payments, third party stores and other things Epic is campaigning for, Sweeney wrote:Related JobsSenior QA Engineer Gaming Studio Baltic Region UK & Europe Big PlanetLead Game Programmer – Quebec Province Quebec Big PlanetSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games “Google doesn’t block competing stores outright, but they limit Android features to put web-installed stores at a disadvantage, and then restrict OEMs from partnerhing with competing third-party stores through a mix of contract terms and pressure.”Google Play also requires apps they distribute to use their in-app purchase system, though purchases may occur weeks, months, or years after installation. Epic Games Store for PC offers an in-app purchase system, but doesn’t require developers to use it.”Epic has proposed a February 2021 date for its case against Google after its opponent pushed for a delay to October 2022 — something the judge dismissed.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 2 hours agoSony’s cross-play deal seems a smart solution to a complex problem | OpinionThe royalty Sony and Epic agreed to open up cross-play on PlayStation has caused anger – but it’s a nuanced response to the growing complexity of the industry’s revenue modelsBy Rob Fahey 4 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
US solar market in the spotlightGreentech Media’s solar conference in San Diego, California, examines the latest financial, technological and political devleopments in the fast-growing U.S. market. December 10, 2013 Edgar Meza Events Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference kicks off today in San Diego, California, presenting the latest developments and analysis on the state of the U.S. solar market. The confab is underpinned by the Solar Market Insight report series produced by GTM Research and the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the latest of which, published on Tuesday, shows that the U.S. installed 930 MW of PV capacity in the third quarter the second largest quarter ever for solar PV. The two-day event, now in its third year, dissects cost trends, discusses the future of project finance and business models, and examines the potential of individual states and market segments, according to organizers. Organized by Greentech Media and its GTM Research division, with the SEIA on board as a partner, the conference brings together industry leaders to examine complex market dynamics and local policies to reduce installation costs, acquire customers and increase project returns. Attendees will also include financiers, policy makers, developers and technology manufacturers. Tuesday’s opening-day agenda includes such topics as the changing role of utilities in the U.S. market in the face of the country’s PV boom. GTM Vice President Shayle Kann and industry reps — including NRG Solar’s Craig Cornelius; David Shuford of Dominion; and Stoel Rives Jon Wellinghoff. Other discussions revolve around prospects for the domestic solar market following the expiration of the federal investment tax credit in 2016 and the future of net energy metering and rate design. Additional sessions examine market growth potential in less active states and how installers can tap new and less understood regional markets in view of the increasingly saturated leading markets; technological trends and innovations and how new developments may help decrease the total cost of rooftop PV electricity; and the evolution of residential PV customer acquisition strategies. Combining solar PV with energy storage in a cost-effective fashion will likewise be showcased, with project developers and vendors who are actively coupling PV with storage sharing their experience with new business models that are showing signs of economic feasibility as well as a look at the current opportunities in new markets for solar plus storage. 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SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. The 18 riders who had qualified for the Global Champions Tour Final in Doha, Qatar were in no doubt, from the moment they started to walk the course that they would have to work hard to win the biggest prize in show jumping. Conrad Homfeld built a course that was every inch worthy of a set of riders who could probably lay claim to every major show jumping title between them. To honour the occasion, the winner would be presented with an original sculpture of an Arabian horse’s head covered in gold. The unique sculpture, worth 8,000 Euro, was donated by Doha’s international jeweller Kanz and was personally crafted by the managing director of Kanz, Mr Ohan Assadourian. Of course, the riders were also competing for the 900,000 Euro total prize money on offer!With the stakes high and a set of monster obstacles to be negotiated in the huge circular arena, nobody was expecting many clear rounds. In the end, the double at four and the combination at 13 ensured that only four riders finished the first round wiht no faults. The double saw the competition end for Edwina Alexander (Isovlas Itot du Chateau), Rolf Goran Bengsston (Ninja Le Silla), Marco Kutscher (Cornet Obolensky) and Bernardo Alves (Chupa Chup). The combination proved the undoing of Robert Whitaker (Casino), Rodrigo Pessoa (Champ), Daniel Deusser (AD Aboyeur) and Albert Zoer (Oki Doki).The first man to clear everything was Germany’s Ulrich Kirchoff who made it look easy on Carino and he was swiftly followed by Alvaro de Miranda Neto with AD Picolien Zeldenrust. Michel Robert looked every inch a former World Champion when Kellemoi de Pepita sailed around. The jump off was completed with the current World Champion as Jos Lansink (Valentina Van T’ Heike) reminded everyone his absence from the European Championships this year was just a tiny blip in his outstanding career.In the jump off, both Ulrich and Alvaro faulted which meant the Frenchman knew he couldn’t be worse than second if he remained clear which he did and not slowly either! His mare went through the gate in 49.76 and despite an excellent try Jos Lansink could not catch him.“In Valkenswaard I said it was polite to let the ladies win, but here I was not a gentleman,” laughed Michel as he collected his cheque for Euro 300’000. In other news, the Horse Diamond which is sold on every year to a new owner in order to raise money for cancer research has found a new home. The one carat synthetic stone is made from the hair of show jumping champion stallion Gold Fever. Last year Jan Tops put in the winning bid and now the winning bid of 36’000 Euro was donated by the Papagrigorakis Family and will travel from Holland to Greece. “We are very motivated to support the Journey of the Horse Diamond and this is a unique idea to raise money for such a worthy cause.”For more information please contact Christine Stibi who was the second owner of the stone and now plays a great part in it’s continuing journey around the Globe. Details of this and tonight’s results may be found on our web site at www.globalchampionstour.com.Final of the Global Champions Tour 2009, 1.60m1. Michel Robert, Kellemoi de Pepita (FRA) 0 – 0 – 0/49.762. Jos Lansink, Valentina van’t Heike (BEL) 0 – 0 – 0/49.893. Alvaro de Miranda, AD Picolien Zeldenrust (BRA) 0 – 0 – 4/46.524. Ulrich Kirchhoff, Carino 188 (GER), 0 – 0 – 4/46.915. Denis Lynch, All Inclusive NRW (IRL), 1 – 1/88.926. Marco Kutscher, Cornet Obolensky (GER) 4 – 4/83.237. Edwina Alexander, Isovlas Itot du Chateau (AUS) 4 – 4/83.718. Daniel Deusser, Aboyeur W (GER), 4 – 4/83.879. Eric Lamaze, Hickstead (CAN), 4 – 4/83.9910. Patrick McEntee, Ever Mury Marais Z (BEL) 4 – 4/87.8511. Albert Zoer, Okidoki (NED) 8 – 8/83.5712. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, Ninja la Silla (SWE) – 8 – 8/85.8513. Rodrigo Pessoa, Champ 163 (BRA) 8 – 8/86.5914. Robert Whitaker, Casino (GBR) 12 – 12/83.1615. Luciana Diniz, As-Taro 2 (POR) 12 – 12/83.7916. Jose Larocca, Royal Power (ARG) 12 – 12/85.8817. Sergio Alvarez Moya, Wisconsin 111 (ESP) ELI – ELI18. Bernardo Alves, Chupa Chup 2 (BRA) RET – RET Horse Sport Enews
Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! The University of Guelph has become a Canadian hub for gut health research in horses, and PhD student Shannon Stanley is eager to add to this research with her upcoming work. Shannon, who started her PhD in the Animal Biosciences department at Guelph earlier this fall, plans to look at leaky gut in horses. Leaky gut is a topic of interest to researchers and the medical community in other species, but is only just starting to be investigated in horses. Shannon hopes to address this gap with her project looking at links between nutrition and leaky gut.What is leaky gut in horses?Healthy intestines act as a barrier to keep the ‘bad stuff’, like pathogens and toxins, from entering a horse’s body. When intestines become ‘leaky’, this barrier is no longer effective, and the pathogens and toxins can slip through. Shannon explains “The leaking of these toxins and pathogens, and the body’s reactions to them, is thought to cause decreased performance and the development of diseases in horses.” The causes of leaky gut in horses include changes to the bugs (microbiota) in the horse’s gut through diet or other causes, diseases, and obstructions and infections in the intestinal tract.What will the leaky gut research project involve?Shannon plans to focus her research on potential relationships between nutrition and leaky gut in horses. Her research project will investigate the effects that nutritional supplements have on Gastro Intestinal (GI) transit time in healthy horses. After looking at the results in healthy horses, the next steps may include looking at GI transit time in horses with leaky gut syndrome. Shannon states, “This research will give scientists and veterinarians insight into nutritional approaches that may help prevent and/or treat leaky gut in horses.”Stay tuned with Equine Guelph to hear more about Shannon’s project, and learn more about equine gut health by taking Equine Guelph’s upcoming short course on Gut Health and Colic Prevention from November 12 – 30th, 2018. Tags: leaky gut, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.
WABC-TV(RIDGEFIELD, N.J.) — An explosion brought down a Ridgefield, New Jersey, house on Monday, covering the road, backyard and surrounding property with debris.Police, fire and PSE&G officials arrived at the multi-floor, single family home shortly before 11:30 a.m.An off-duty police officer who lives a block away rushed to the scene and pulled a victim from the back of the home, which had already collapsed, police said.That victim has not been identified, but he is believed to have been the only person inside, according to ABC owned station WABC-TV. He was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center in stable condition.Meanwhile, Ridgefield Police Chief Thomas Gallagher said other officers worked to contain the fire around them, which was being fed by a gas leak. It is unclear whether the gas leak was a result of the explosion.PSE&G officials were able to turn off the gas and the Ridgefield Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire.Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco said surrounding houses do not have gas, and electricity will also be cut as they work at the scene.“This is a sad situation,” said Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez. “Fortunately for the borough it could’ve been a heck of a lot worse.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Ivan KoA Hong Kong developer redrew a pitch to build a city from scratch in Ireland after what appeared to be a lukewarm reception.Victoria Harbour Group founder Ivan Ko is now looking for a roughly 20-square-mile site outside Dublin to build a city from the ground up dubbed Nextpolis that would host 50,000 Hong Kong emigrants.He first pitched a 193-square-mile project around December as an autonomous city in the vein of Hong Kong itself, but has now revised the proposal after getting feedback from Ireland and other potential host countries.“We found out that replicating the Hong Kong model was not suitable, as if we were imposing something, and that Hong Kong people would be seen as segregated from the rest of the population,” he said, adding that the new proposed city would not have its own border or independent political system.He called Nextpolis “just a new city to let Hong Kong people live together and at the same time integrate with local businesses so we can maximize the benefits to both sides.”Ko cited Ireland’s favorable corporate tax structure as a reason to build there and said the proposal meets the Irish government’s desire to develop outside Dublin, according to the Guardian.A spokesperson for Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs said that the department was in contact with Ko and his team and provided feedback when they first approached the Irish government in December, but “since providing this guidance there has been no further action taken by the department in this matter.” [The Guardian] — Dennis Lynch This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
WASHINGTON (WJLA) – A MPD officer struck in a hit-and-run had to wait nearly 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived on scene.A vehicle struck the MPD officer just after 6:30 p.m. at 46th and A streets SE. When the call was dispatched, D.C. said they had no available EMS units to send.An ambulance from Prince George’s County was dispatched, arriving to the scene at 6:52 p.m. Nearly an hour passed between the time the officer was struck and his arrival time at MedStar Washington Hospital.According to police, the suspect fled the scene, leaving the vehicle behind.The officer was conscious and breathing upon transport to an area hospital.
Howard Hall and Morrissey Hall will hold a bone marrow drive today in LaFortune’s Dooley Room with Be the Match Registry, an organization in charge of the national bone marrow registry. Event organizer Sarah Calahan said the drive promotes the dedication Notre Dame students have to service. “We do so much service here to help people and improve the world – this is just another powerful way for you to save a life,” Calahan said. “It’s a great cause to get involved with so come on by for a free bro tank, free food and to save a life.” Calahan said participants’ DNA samples are registered in the national registry after a sample is taken. “All you have to do is take a glorified Q-tip [and] swab your cheek. If you are matched to a patient, then you can choose to donate your marrow,” said Sarah, “It is serious if you are called [because] you could save a person’s life.” This year, the drive chose senior Bridget Dillon and sophomore Scott Dawson as its two spokespeople from the Notre Dame community. Dillon donated bone marrow last year to a pediatric patient. “I was sitting in my best friend’s dorm room when I received a call that I was a possible match for a nine-year old girl with aplastic anemia,” Dillon said. Calahan said though Dillon signed up for the registry during her sophomore year, she was chosen later because bone marrow matches are very rare. “Out of the 500 people that register every year, Bridget was the only one who was requested to donate her marrow,” said Sarah. Dawson said he was on the other side of the donation process. He said he had leukemia and got a bone marrow transplant during his sophomore year. “I underwent four rounds of chemotherapy and thankfully have been cancer-free since,” Scott said. “Although I don’t need a transplant at this time, leukemia patients like me rely on generosity of donors through the Be The Match Registry to beat this disease.” Calahan said technological improvements have made bone marrow transplants easier to perform than in the past. “Bone marrow transplants are not as medically serious now as they were. 75 percent of the bone marrow transplants are non-invasive [and] performed non-surgically,” she said. “Blood is drawn from one arm, it is filtered and then put back into the other arm.” Dillon said her transplant was surgically harvested. This exception was made since she was donating to a pediatric patient. “Bone marrow transplants that were done surgically from the hip bone used to happen within families because no one wanted to go through so much pain for a stranger,” she said. “But now it is relatively simpler and so it is easier to save lives.”
Saint Mary’s students gathered with assistant professor Andrew Pierce on Monday to discuss what the philosophy program’s newest concentration — Law, Ethics and Politics — means for students and the department.The concentration within the philosophy major focuses on how the practical fields of law, ethics and politics tie into philosophy. Pierce, who is leading the new concentration, said many students in the philosophy department are double majors, and many are doubling in political science or history.“This is the philosophy department’s attempt to kind of pull together our offerings that focus on those kinds of subjects,” Pierce said.The concentration hopes to entice both philosophy majors and non-majors to pursue and think about the questions posed by the concentration, Pierce asserted.“I hope it’ll draw some students who are already thinking about philosophy to maybe consider [majoring in] philosophy,” he said. “I know that among our existing group of philosophy students are also a number of students who are interested in this major, because they have these interests in these kinds of practical issues.”Pierce said the major takes after existing programs that have been successful at other institutions.“I did look at a number of other programs at places and they do tend to pull some of these things together,” Pierce said. “There’s a famous program at Oxford, called the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program, which is a little bit different.”Senior Elisabeth Barrett said she sees the program as a way of allowing philosophy students to pursue other interests while staying within the department.“[The concentration] is combining compatible areas that you wouldn’t normally,” Barrett said. “You have this practicality of law, politics and justice that you see a lot of people fascinated by, but they maybe don’t want to go into.”Barrett believes that by placing these subjects in the context of philosophy, it gives students the opportunity to examine them under a different light than in other departments.“The concentration combines that understanding of what all that is with the ability to think critically about it in different ways that you might otherwise not be able to do,” Barrett said. “I think it’s great. I think, in time, it is going to help the philosophy department as well. It is kind of small, and I think it’s going to attract a lot more students.”The program seeks to ground its students in their understanding of philosophy beyond traditional applications, Pierce said.“We hope that it’s a way for students, in addition to getting some of the traditional philosophical training that they get in the major program, to also explore their practical interests in questions of ethics, contemporary political and legal controversies,” Pierce said. “It’s one way to show as abstract as philosophy can be, it has these real, immediate and practical implications as well.”Senior Anastacia Gomez is a philosophy major who is enrolling in the concentration this year. She is researching critical race theory for her senior composition project. She said the program, under Pierce, is making positive steps to address the focus on white male philosophers.“There are not a lot of people of color who major in philosophy or who specialized in philosophy,” Gomez said. “It is mostly women and it is mostly white women. … [Pierce] has given me the resources.”Tags: Law Ethics and Politics, philosophy
Alleged Bush hacker indicted in U.S. – AT&T data taken – P.F. Chang’s confirms breachby. TAL KOPANcredit unions, retailers spar over breaches – Long-simmering tensions between the financial industry and retailers bubbled up yesterday when a letter to Congress from the National Association of Federal Credit Unions rekindled the debate over who is more responsible for recent massive data breaches at big retailers — and who should be on the hook for the cleanup. Retailers should be held to the same data security and breach notification standards as financial service companies so banks and card companies aren’t left holding the bag after a hack, NAFCU’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler wrote in a letter to the four leaders of Congress. “As long as retailers are more concerned with their bottom line than protecting consumers, no one should expect their personal data to be protected,” Thaler wrote.But retail industry groups pushed back Thursday, saying that NAFCU was distorting the facts as financial institutions are wont to do. “Their letter is littered with falsehoods meant to generate headlines and distract from the vulnerabilities inherent in the cards they issue their customers,” said Brian Dodge, executive vice president for communications and strategic initiatives at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which noted that it and other retail groups work with financial institutions on security issues, but the NAFCU is not a part of those talks. “This is the same old, same old from the financial institutions,” said Mallory Duncan, senior vice president and general counsel at the National Retail Federation. The letter: http://politico.pro/1hOAUju And the story, from your host: http://politico.pro/1jmIld0ALLEGED BUSH HACKER INDICTED IN U.S. – Romanian national Marcel Lazar, aka Guccifer, was indicted yesterday in Virginia for allegedly hacking into the Bush family and other political targets. Though the release from the Justice Department does not name the politicians, the indictment alleges Lazar hacked into email and social media accounts from December 2012 through January 2014 of “high-profile victims, including a family member of two former U.S. presidents, a former U.S. Cabinet member, a former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former presidential adviser.” He also allegedly released those victims’ emails, medial and financial information and photos. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr