Epic Games set to appeal verdict in court case against Apple
As was expected, Epic Games will be appealing the verdict that was made in their court case against Apple.
In the final judgement in the Epic Games versus Apple case, judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers concluded that Apple couldn’t be ruled as a monopolist but did find that Apple practiced anti-competitive behavior. The court ruled that third-party purchasing methods must be made available within their apps by Apple, which is something Apple was already starting to do, with Spotify as an example. Epic was found to be in breach of their contract with Apple and will have to pay the 30% fee on purchases they’ve collected ever since implementing their own payment system.
Today: Lost a court case, climbed a mountain, read hundreds of pages of legal papers, wrote some code. Just as determined as ever to fight on until there is genuine developer and consumer freedom in software, and fair competition in each mobile platform software component. pic.twitter.com/5PWD6va6mz
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 11, 2021
The CEO and founder of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, talked about the case on Twitter. “Lost a court case, climbed a mountain, read hundreds of pages of legal papers, wrote some code. Just as determined as ever to fight on until there is genuine developer and consumer freedom in software, and fair competition in each mobile platform software component.”
Epic Games will be appealing the decision, further extending the court case between the tech giants, which seems to be far from over. Both parties have been at it since 2020, when Apple went on to terminate all developer accounts from Epic Games, not allowing development on Fortnite on iOS and Mac any longer. They did this in response to Epic Games setting up their own payment system for in-app purchases in Fortnite, meaning Apple would no longer receive a 30% fee per purchase.
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