According to a report from the New York Times on Thursday, Microsoft will start in August lowering its fees for video game developers who publish games on its online store.

According to this report, developers can now retain 88% of the revenue they earn from games, compared to 70% before, which makes Microsoft’s store more attractive to independent developers and smaller game studios.

The company did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

The move came when Apple was filing a lawsuit with Fortnite creator Epic Games last year, which accused the iPhone maker of abusing its dominant position in the mobile application market.

In the legal documents, Epic accused Apple of trapping people in its mobile device and charging “heavy commissions” in the App Store, which is the only source of digital content.

Apple countered that it does not have a monopoly in the field of digital games, and this lawsuit is part of Epic’s efforts to describe “Apple as a “bad guy” to reawaken people’s interest in Fortnite.”

After Epic an update to avoid sharing revenue with iPhone manufacturers, in August last year, Apple withdrew Fortnite from its App Store, and the two companies are now in a legal dispute.

The trial of the case is scheduled to begin in the U.S. Federal Court on May 3.


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