Epic Games has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to stop Google from removing independent music storefront band camp from the android app store which Google has actually threatened to do because band camp is using its own billing system instead of paying Google an app store fee. Band camp which epic acquired in Match has used its own billing system on android since 2015 and was able to do so because of rules exempting digital music from having to use Google’s billing system according to a blog post from band camp co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond. However, Google is now modifying its rules to require band camp to completely use Google play billing for payments for digital goods and services and pay a revenue share to Google. Under Google’s new rules band, the camp would have to make changes beginning June 1st. Diamond says band camp would be forced to choose between passings on fees to customers passing on fees to artists running its android business at a loss or turning off digital sales in the android app. Epic argues that the switch to Google’s billing system would affect its ability to continue giving artists 82 percent of their band camp revenues because it would have to pay Google 10 percent yes 10 percent not 30 percent since it seems Google offered band camp some sort of sweetheart deal here. Paying Google even a 10 percent revenue share would force Epic to change band camp’s recent business version or else operate the band camp business at a long-term loss argues Epic games.
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