In August last year, Epic Games sued Apple in the United States for removing Fortnite from the App Store, which previously had changes intentionally violating the store’s regulations. Today we got to know the court verdict in this case.
According to the court ruling, Apple will have to allow developers publishing applications in the App Store to use alternative external payment systems in them. Thus, they will be able to bypass the commissions charged so far on most transactions made through the payment system built into the App Store, which until now was the only permitted way to handle micropayments in games and applications. Apple has 90 days to introduce appropriate changes to the store’s regulations. Most likely, however, it will try to appeal against this verdict.
Epic Games, however, did not achieve a full victory. The court found that the company breached the terms of the contract with Apple and must pay compensation of 30% of the amount earned by placing Fortnite’s payment system in violation of the store’s rules. The court also noted that Apple had the full right to remove Fortnite from the App Store and block Epic Games development accounts, and left the company a free hand as to whether it would allow the republication of the game and unlock the developer accounts. The judgment also mentioned that the court found no grounds to consider Apple’s actions as monopolistic practices.
Source: Wiadomości z MyApple.pl by myapple.pl.
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