Antitrust is turning its eye to gaming

Last week, I spoke at the Video Games Bar Association’s annual summit which took place at devcom in Cologne, Germany. The event confirmed to me that gaming is where the innovative technologies of the future are in many ways already a reality today. It was my contention at the conference that competition law is turning … Continue reading Antitrust is turning its eye to gaming

The CMA Final Report on the Mobile Ecosystems market study: a repudiation of Apple’s narrative over privacy and safety as justifications for the status quo

On 10 June 2022, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its Final Report on its year-long market study into mobile ecosystems – namely mobile operating systems, app stores, and web browsers. The CMA found that Apple and Google have a tight grip over these increasingly crucial ecosystems, which in turn places them in … Continue reading The CMA Final Report on the Mobile Ecosystems market study: a repudiation of Apple’s narrative over privacy and safety as justifications for the status quo

Spotify and Google Announce User Choice Billing: A preliminary assessment

Yesterday, Spotify announced on its corporate website a multiyear agreement with Google, which “represents a first-of-its-kind option in payment choice and offers opportunities for both consumers and developers.” A parallel announcement was made by Google on the same day. While the exact terms of the agreement are not known, the Spotify announcement says that: “Users … Continue reading Spotify and Google Announce User Choice Billing: A preliminary assessment

Apple’s constructive refusal to comply with the law: A harbinger of things to come?

In August 2021, the Autoriteit Consument & Markt (“ACM”), the Dutch competition authority, adopted following a two-year investigation, a decision finding that Apple’s App Store payment policies as they applied to dating app providers amounted to an abuse of a dominant position in breach of Article 102 TFEU. As explained in an earlier blog post, … Continue reading Apple’s constructive refusal to comply with the law: A harbinger of things to come?

Google announces Privacy Sandbox on Android

Greetings to our readers – I haven’t published in a while, but Google’s latest announcement could not keep waiting. Google has just announced its plan to build the Privacy Sandbox on Android, with the stated aim of “introducing new, more private advertising solutions.” This comes only a couple of days after the UK Competition and … Continue reading Google announces Privacy Sandbox on Android

Apple’s cloud gaming restrictions may be biggest news in CMA interim report

As we explained in December, the CMA’s interim report on mobile ecosystems was a great piece of work which takes a holistic view of mobile ecosystems and the competition problems associated with these ecosystems. One concern raised in the interim report was not previously seen in the multiple reports and decisions issued by competition authorities … Continue reading Apple’s cloud gaming restrictions may be biggest news in CMA interim report

The Interim Report of the CMA’s Market Study on Mobile Ecosystems :  A Great Piece of Work

On 14 December 2021, the CMA published the Interim Report of its Market Study on Mobile Ecosystems. This is a massive (445 pages + annexes) piece of work, which is – as always with the CMA – extremely well done. The purpose of this Interim Report is for the CMA to share the content of … Continue reading The Interim Report of the CMA’s Market Study on Mobile Ecosystems :  A Great Piece of Work

The P2B Regulation is not consigned to oblivion: ACM launches market study, reminding us that transparency in the platform economy is important

The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announced a few days ago that it will launch a market study into how platforms deal with the rules laid down in the Platform-to-Business (P2B) Regulation. The P2B Regulation is a regulatory initiative that may not have received the attention it deserves. This could be explained by … Continue reading The P2B Regulation is not consigned to oblivion: ACM launches market study, reminding us that transparency in the platform economy is important

Harnessing digital disruption in the radio industry – an interview with Bauer Media Audio

Today’s blog post is an interview with our friend Philip Pilcher, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Bauer Media Audio.  Philip has some interesting insights into the future of radio at a time when listening habits are changing and the digital platforms are playing an increasingly central role.  He will describe in particular how … Continue reading Harnessing digital disruption in the radio industry – an interview with Bauer Media Audio

The UK’s regulatory regime for Big Tech: will the Government dare to make it more effective?

The British Government’s consultation on the design of the new regulatory regime for Big Tech (the “Consultation”) closed on Friday.  We gave our initial thoughts on this legislation back in July.  This blog post picks out some of the other important issues. For the most part, the Government has followed the advice of the CMA’s … Continue reading The UK’s regulatory regime for Big Tech: will the Government dare to make it more effective?