UK launches investigation into Apple and Google over mobile games
MOSCOW, November 22 – RIA Novosti. The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an antitrust investigation against major US companies Apple and Google, which dominate cloud gaming and mobile browsers, the statement said. published On the British government website on Tuesday.
“The Office of Competition and Markets has consulted on the launch of a market research report, as well as a mobile ecosystem market research report, which shows that Apple and Google have an influential duo to dominate operating systems, app stores and web devices in mobile ecosystems,” says the document.
The statement said the agency will investigate Apple and Google’s dominance of the mobile browser market and will examine Apple’s restrictions on cloud gaming via the App Store.
According to the CMA, 97% of all internet searches in the UK in 2021 were made through browsers developed by Apple or Google, so any restrictions imposed by companies have a significant impact on user experience. In addition, it is stated that more than 800,000 Brits use cloud gaming services and the country’s multi-billion-pound gaming industry and company restrictions could hinder the growth of the industry and miss out on many opportunities for British gamers.
In the statement, web developers complained that Apple’s restrictions are driving costs and its difficulty in fixing bugs and glitches when rendering web pages, and therefore the need to create custom mobile apps where a simple site may not be enough.
According to the document, these restrictions could limit the choice of UK consumers and make it harder for new apps to reach them.
It was previously learned that British media regulator Ofcom will launch an antitrust investigation against major US companies Google, Amazon and Microsoft, which dominate the UK cloud services market. Next year Ofcom plans to begin exploring digital markets more broadly, particularly applications for communication and display of audiovisual content. The editor will look at how apps and platforms like WhatsApp, FaceTime and Zoom behave.
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