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According to a study, Microsoft would take a smaller cut from video game developers

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Microsoft: Developers are now said to be able to retain 88 percent of the money generated by their titles.

Beginning in August, Microsoft would reduce its fees for video game players who sell games on its online platform, according to the New York Times.

According to the survey, developers will now retain 88 percent of their game sales, up from 70% previously, making Microsoft’s store more appealing to indie developers and smaller gaming studios.

A call for comment from Reuters was not immediately returned.

The move comes as Apple fights a lawsuit brought last year by Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, arguing that the iPhone manufacturer has violated its supremacy in the smartphone app industry.

Epic has accused Apple of locking users in its electronic device environment and earning “outsized commission” at the App Store, which is the sole source of digital material, in legal filings.

Apple counters that it does not have a monopoly in the digital gaming market and that the lawsuit is part of Epic’s attempt to paint Apple as the “bad guy” to rekindle interest in Fortnite.

Since Epic launched an update that avoids revenue share with Apple, Apple removed Fortnite from its App Store in August of last year, and the two firms are now embroiled in a legal dispute.

A trial in the case is due to begin on May 3 in federal court in the United States.

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