More gatekeepers than gateways are providers like Google or Apple in app stores and search engines. The accusations are not new.
Rocket Internet and Spotify vs Apple and Google
First of all, in our opinion Apple and Google will win. Rocket Internet, Spotify and other companies are complaining to the EU about the alleged abuse of power by Apple and Google through their app stores. In a letter to the EU, the competitors are challenging the major suppliers to take advantage of their “privileged position”, thereby hindering free competition.
However, writing, as the Financial Times reports, is deliberately vague. Apple and Google are not named directly. There is, however, little doubt that these two suppliers are mainly meant. (more…)