Microsoft Store gives app developers option to keep 100% of revenue, but not games

Originally published on GamesIndustry.biz by Marie Dealessandri

The company will allow third-party payment systems from July 28, but not for game developers

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Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 yesterday and introduced a way for app developers to get around its store fees — but games are excluded from the initiative.

In a blog post detailing its revamped Microsoft Store, the company explained that from July 28, app developers will be allowed to bring “their own or a third party commerce platform” to their apps and subsequently would not have to pay the platform’s fee, keeping 100% of their revenue.

However, the phrasing did not mention games, and

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