Apple accused of profiting from illegal gambling
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California received a lawsuit against Apple Corporation. It states that the company has benefited financially from illegal gambling on the App Store.
The document states that social casino apps are "extremely lucrative and highly addictive" as users can purchase virtual chips in special gambling applications for real money. However, according to sources, funds won in slot machines cannot be withdrawn to a card or account - they can only be used to continue the game.
This circumstance, according to insiders, allows the company to receive up to 30% of the total volume of transactions within such applications, including a percentage of players buying chips for real money. The lawsuit states that social casinos and Apple have been cooperating for a long time, so they were able to agree on mutually beneficial conditions.
In addition, the petitioner focuses on the corporation's assistance in distributing and popularizing such applications. The company also opened for developers a database of users who play and make payments. For this, Apple charges additional funds from the operators.
The lawsuit states that throughout 2020, users spent at least $6 billion on the purchase of virtual chips in social casinos of the App Store platform.
Заявление было подано в суд двумя гражданами штата — Дональдом Нельсоном и Шери Биббсом. Каждый из них, по их же словам, потратил на подобные развлечения не менее 15 000 долларов. Они намерены добиться признания незаконности действий компании Apple, а также выплаты внушительной компенсации, равной сумме понесенных убытков, и наказания ответственных лиц за нарушение местного игорного законодательства.
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