Microsoft plans to cut commissions in the Xbox Store
Microsoft plans to cut commissions in the Xbox Store

According to a classified document provided by Epic Games against Apple, Microsoft plans to reduce the commission in the Xbox Store to only 12%.

The software giant details store fees and the changes in a document from January, as it also lists the 12 percent reduction in PC games it announced at the end of April.

The table shows that all games will drop to 12/88 during FY 21, which means Microsoft plans to cut several commissions on the Xbox Store through 2021.

Although Microsoft announced a reduction in PC game store commissions, which were also included in the same schedule, the company did not mention the Xbox plan.

It is very important to lower the commission to 12%, especially since Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are currently achieving 30% of their sales from digital games.

A company spokesperson spoke about the documents: We currently have no plans to change the percentage of revenue from gaming consoles.

This indicates that these plans have failed or have changed significantly since January, or that the company is not ready to announce the changes.

Either way, the software giant is clearly planning this change and hoping to reduce Xbox commissions in some way.

The documents also show that there is a proposal currently under consideration to make 88/12 a public share of all PC game revenue in exchange for Microsoft's broadcast rights.

The company plans to cut its share of PC gaming revenue to 12% in August. However, it is unclear if the broadcast rights clause is still included.

The broadcast rights clause means that developers must ensure that games are available through xCloud in order to achieve the aforementioned sales reduction.

Over the past few decades, the rights to cloud games, particularly Xbox Game Pass, have become an emerging battleground for the exclusive rights to the platform.

After NVIDIA released some games without permission for GeForce Now cloud gaming service, publishers and developers turned on them.

Changes to the copyright fees in the Xbox Store are putting pressure on Sony, Nintendo, Valve, and even Apple.

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