WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, members of the Coalition for App Fairness [CAF] reaffirmed their commitment to their collective effort to create a fair and competitive mobile app marketplace.
“Every member of CAF is committed to fighting for systemic change for all developers,” said Rick VanMeter, executive director of CAF. “We are united in ending the monopolistic practices that stand in the way of an open, fair, and competitive digital marketplace. Our mission is more important than ever as momentum grows for enforceable policies that level the playing field, including the Open App Markets Act and the Digital Markets Act.”
“Between Apple and Google, there’s over four trillion dollars in market value and derived power to enforce and expand their monopoly grip on the mobile software industry. The world desperately needs to rein in this power to stop the abusive and exploitive behavior that’s increasingly been putting app developers under thumb and threat. To that end, the Coalition for App Fairness has provided one of the most effective advocacy campaigns to make lawmakers and regulators aware of the scope and urgency of the problem. Basecamp is proud to be a part of this effort.” — Basecamp
“We will continue to fight for fair and open platforms for all developers and consumers and work with policymakers and regulators to hold these gatekeepers accountable for their anticompetitive conduct. Apple and Google continue to abuse their market power with policies that stifle innovation, inflate prices and reduce consumer choice.” — Corie Wright, VP Public Policy, Epic Games
“Family Zone is strongly encouraged by the progress being made in Australia and around the world in addressing the anti-competitive app store practices of Apple and Google. Now is not the time to stop fighting, but to double down. We remain firmly committed to the mission of the Coalition for App Fairness and are proud to be part of this effort along with so many other innovative and forward-thinking companies.” — Tim Levy, Managing Director, Family Zone
“Governments around the world are on the verge of opening the app economy to real competition for the first time. Paddle’s commitment to this cause will not waiver until all developers and their customers can benefit from these changes.” — Christian Owens, Founder & CEO, Paddle
“Lawmakers around the world have realized that app stores operate more like mazes than marketplaces, and have decided to take thoughtful steps toward seismic change. The job is far from done, but it’s clear that we’re inching toward a new digital economy that revolves around competition, innovation, and consumer choice.” — Andy Yen, Founder/CEO, Proton
“At Spotify, we have long advocated for platform fairness and modernization of legislation to level the playing field for developers and rein in anticompetitive behavior. More urgently than ever, legislators around the world must act swiftly to protect consumers and the health of the digital economy, and we proudly reaffirm our commitment to that fight alongside our fellow developers. The future of innovation depends on it.” — Gene Burrus, Director, Competition Policy, Spotify
About the Coalition for App Fairness
The Coalition for App Fairness is an independent nonprofit organization formed to protect consumer choice, foster competition, and create a level playing field for all app and game developers globally. Originally formed by Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer, Epic Games, the European Publishers Council, Match Group, News Media Europe, Prepear, Proton, Skydemon, Spotify, and Tile, CAF has rapidly grown from 13 to over 60 members since launching in September 2020. CAF offers membership to companies of any size — join today at appfairness.org.