Authorities in Japan are investigating allegations Apple pressured Yahoo Japan to slow development of its online games platform, which competes with the App Store, Nikkei Asian Review reported.
Yahoo Japan reportedly informed the country’s Fair Trade Commission and the relevant government ministry about the interference and possible anticompetitive behaviour by the US-based smartphone giant in 2017. Yahoo Japan generates some revenue through sales in the App Store.
The company’s web-based Game Plus service, which enables games to be streamed without using apps, launched in July 2017. But Yahoo Japan later suddenly cut the budget for the platform and almost ended promotions for the service, the newspaper said.
Yahoo Japan informed some business partners it cut back on developing and promoting the platform because of pressure from Apple.
SoftBank Group, which holds a majority interest in Yahoo Japan, is mediating an agreement between the two companies, a source told Nikkei Asian Review. SoftBank’s mobile unit in Japan also earns revenue when its subscribers make purchases on the App Store.Subscribe to our daily newsletter