UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is carrying out a market investigation regarding mobile browsers and browser engines and the distribution of cloud gaming services through app stores on mobile devices in the UK. Today it published the stakeholders’ feedback on the Statement of issues.
Developers Alliance commented on the identified issues with potential adverse effects on competition and possible remedies.
- Fewer restrictions for web application development and cloud gaming could bring more opportunities for developers and enhance competition in the gaming market.
- Restrictions based on technical, or security concerns must always be weighed against purely economic restrictions.
- The perspective of the new regulatory regime for digital markets seems more suitable, especially on choice architecture.
- The upcoming changes for compliance with the EU DMA should inform potential remedies.
The following quote can be attributed to Bruce Gustafson, CEO of the Alliance:
“Regulators around the world are chasing digital innovation only to find the game has moved on before they arrive. The result is an emerging patchwork of digital trade barriers that threatens isolation, consumer harms and the loss of scale. We continue to champion principle-based and flexible regulation that aligns societal and platform objectives to the benefit of all ecosystem players. Above all the developer community wants digital regulation that is predictable and adaptable as businesses emerge and evolve.”
About The Developers Alliance
The Developers Alliance is the world’s leading advocate for software developers and the companies invested in their success. Alliance members include industry leaders in consumer, enterprise, industrial, and emerging software development, and a global network of more than 75,000 developers.
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