Let’s not go around and around. It just became known that today, September 10, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled in the Epic Games v. Apple case, which lasted just over one year. Under it, Cupertino will no longer be able to coerce developers into charging payments for in-app purchases through the App Store’s built-in payment tool. This way, they can officially avoid paying Apple a fee by accepting transactions directly.
The ruling states that Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has no reason to recognize Apple as a monopoly. The company does not violate California or federal law. And the success that Apple has achieved, according to the judge, cannot be considered a violation.
However, this did not prevent the judge from issuing an injunction against Apple, which requires the company to remove from the App Store rules the provision on the obligation of software creators to accept payments only through the built-in payment tool with a mandatory deduction of a commission of 15-30%.
Epic Games court ruling v Apple
The ruling confirms a similar ruling made against Apple earlier this week. True, in that case, the parties to the proceedings were several developers at once, who filed a lawsuit against the Cupertino company to recognize the requirement to collect payments exclusively through the App Store as illegal.
So by and large it won’t change for her. Apple has already agreed to allow developers to accept payments through external payment systems. In the decision of Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, there are almost no differences from the previous one. They are different in shape, but essentially the same.
The class action ruling gave developers the right to simply tell users about alternative payment methods, such as email, and the new Epic Games ruling allows software creators to do the same.
This is an important clarification, since developers have not gained the right to embed their payment tools into applications. After all, paying for built-in goods in the application itself is a completely different matter. As a result, everything will be the way Epic Games wanted – the applications will have two buttons for paying in the App Store and a link to a separate site.
Will Fortnite return to iOS
Interestingly, the judge ruled that Fortnite’s unauthorized inclusion of a button to accept payments for in-game currency was contrary to App Store rules. Since Epic Games was notified of a ban on such actions, it turns out that it went against the rules, which fully deserved the removal of both the game itself and the developer account.
Thus, the question of returning Fortnite to the App Store remains open. The court’s decision does not directly indicate the obligation of Apple to restore the Epic Games account or return the cult game to the App Store, which has not been there for more than a year. So it’s hard to say what will happen for now.
Whatever the case, Apple still has the opportunity to fix even the obligation to recognize alternative payment methods in the App Store. Since we are now talking about the trial of the first instance, Apple has at least 90 more days to challenge everything. The first attempt is the appellate instance, which has the right to overturn the decision of the lower court.
The company will certainly appeal to a higher court for a review of the case, where it will at least be given the opportunity to defend its point of view. The second attempt is a cassation. This is the next level at which it is possible to reverse the court decisions that have already entered into force. Another thing is whether Apple will meet halfway?
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