Apple vs. Epic Games: The verdict has been reached, but it is still unknown who won

On September 10, an American court partially granted Epic Games’ request and ruled that Apple cannot order game developers to link to external payment systems. A few days before the ruling, Apple loosened the rules, but only in the case of “reader applications”. By the court’s decision, the changes will also have to cover the games.

Recall that in August 2020, the record-breaking game Fortnite flew out of the App Store for implementing an alternative payment system that omitted Apple’s 30% commission. It quickly turned out that it was a provocation on the part of Epic Games, thanks to which the studio gained an excuse to start an antitrust battle.

Although the judgment from a few days ago was perceived by many market observers as a victory for Fortnite’s creators, they have a different opinion. Tim Sweeney & hairsp; – & hairsp; Head of Epic Games – he wrote on Twitter that the court’s decision “is not a win for developers and consumers.” He announced that “Fortnite will return to the App Store as Epic is able to offer in-app payments in fair competition with Apple’s payments.”

Apple vs. Epic Store: Fotnite developers appeal against verdict after mixed victory

By court decision, iOS games will be able to contain links to external websites from which payments for virtual goods can be made. Apple, however, is not obliged to accept alternative payment methods that would be sewn directly into the game interface.

Moreover, the judgment does not specify how the linking to the pages should be implemented. In theory, this paves the way for linking out of sight.

The court also rejected an application for the admission of alternative app stores to the iOS platform, which would compete with the App Store.

Epic also demanded a reduction in Apple’s commission. However, the 30 percent rate for publishers who generate over $ 1 billion in revenue per year was deemed fair.

The decisions unfavorable to Epic Games were supported by the statement that Apple cannot be considered a monopoly on the video game market. The court noted that the company faced stiff competition from Android, mobile consoles and cloud gaming services, and that “success is not illegal.”

As reported Reuters, Epic Games studio decided to appeal against the verdict. “Epic fights for fair competition between payment methods and app stores for one billion customers,” says the company’s management.

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