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During GDC 2018 this week we were able to sit down and check out two upcoming games that are being published by Arte France, and as it so happens these have been two of my very favorite games of the show. First up is Vandals which is being developed by Cosmografik, who you may remember as the developer of the clever platformer Type:Rider back in 2013. The easiest way to describe Vandals is that it’s turn-based stealth puzzling similar to Hitman GO but with awesome graffiti spray painting elements like something you’d see in Jet Set Radio. The touchscreen serves as a perfect input method for creating cool graffiti, and Vandals just oozes a gritty street style. Check it all out in action in the below hands-on preview and look for Vandals to launch next month.
Next up from Arte and being developed by Darjeeling is one of the neatest games I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s called Homo Machina and it’s based on the work of Fritz Kahn who was a physician that pioneered medical infographics during the first half of the twentieth century. You will instantly recognize his signature style of displaying the human body as a series of mechanical rooms run by tiny people. Homo Machina basically takes that and brings it to life, and has you running an entire human body by manipulating the various rooms and navigating the human through one of the most stressful days of his life as he prepares for a first date. It’s a really cute premise and looks gorgeous in motion, and if you enjoy the types of games where you’re encouraged to poke and prod at all the nooks and crannies just to see what might happen then Homo Machina will be right up your alley. Look for it to launch on mobile in May.
People wanting to take advantage of carrier billing for Apple Music, the App Store, and other Apple online services now have further options in several European countries.
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Joining standard payment methods accepted on Apple’s content stores—such as Paypal, plastic money and iTunes credit—customers in some European countries can now have their app and media purchases charged to a monthly mobile phone bill from their carrier…. Read the rest of this post here
“iTunes carrier billing expands to UK’s EE, Germany’s Telekom, Orange in France & Spain” is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
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It was reported yesterday that the French government is taking both Apple and Google to court over alleged “abusive trade practices.” Specifically, the government claims that neither Apple nor Google treat their developers fairly, citing factors such as non-negotiable commissions and contract terms.
Today, both Google and Apple have commented on the accusations made by French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire…
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire announced Wednesday that the government plans to sue Google and Apple over the “abusive” contractual terms imposed on developers through app stores. Le Maire told a radio station that he learned Apple and Google unilaterally impose price changes and contractual modifications on developers in the Google Play Store and App Store, which he views as unfair.
“I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices” Le Maire said, according to Reuters. “As powerful as they are, Google and Apple should not be able to treat our startups and our developers the way they currently do.”
The action is based on an inquiry by the French anti-fraud office from 2015-2017, which uncovered a “significant imbalance” in the relationship between Google, Apple, and French companies, a source told AFP. In its report, the anti-fraud office recommended a fine of $ 2.5 million per company, something echoed by Le Maire, who suggested fines of “millions of euros” might be appropriate.
Large US tech companies have been struggling with regulatory bodies in Europe in the past few years. Tax structures which allow them to funnel all EU profits out of one office (commonly Luxembourg or Ireland) have drawn the ire of the European Union. The French government has been particularly keen to address consumer rights issues, such as the recent iPhone battery problems, while Google has been investigated by the EU over antitrust and privacy concerns.
The French government will be taking legal action against Apple and Google for alleged "abusive commercial practices," France’s finance minister has declared, accusing the tech firms of taking advantage of the country’s app developers with unfair contracts and unjust app store pricing schemes.
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