Fortnite makeris appealing last week’s ruling in its court battle with Apple. A federal judge said Apple would no longer be from adding links to alternative payment mechanisms but stopped short of dubbing Apple a monopolist. The latter would have allowed Epic Games to argue for alternative means of serving its iOS user base, including perhaps, through third-party app stores or even sideloading capabilities built into Apple’s , similar to those on Google’s Android OS.
Apple immediately declared the court battle a victory, as the judge had agreed with its position that the company was “not in violation of antitrust law” and had also deemedand gaming ecosystem as “not illegal.” Meanwhile, Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney said the ruling was not a win for either developers or consumers. He hinted that the might appeal the decision on Twitter when he said, “We will fight on. In a court filing published on Sunday (see below), officially stated its attention to appeal the U.S.
Districtleading to or producing that judgment.” As part of the judge’s decision, Epic Games had been ordered to pay Apple the 30% of the $12 million it earned when it introduced its alternative payment system in Fortnite on iOS, which was then in breach of its legal contract with Apple. The appellate court will revisit how Judge Gonzalez. Rogers defined the had argued Apple was acting as a monopolist. Contrary to both parties’ wishes, Gonzalez Rogers described it as the market for “digital transactions” specifically.
Though an appeal may or may not see the court shifting its opinion in Epic Games’ favor, a new ruling could help clarify the vague language used in the injunction to describe how Apple must now accommodateto other payment mechanisms. So far, the expectation floating around the developer community is that Apple will extend the “reader app” category exception to all non-reader apps (apps that to purchased content).
Apple recently settled with a Japanese regulator by agreeing to allow reader issued with the Epic Games ruling would still need to be worked out. Given the recency of the decision, the company has not yet communicated with developers on how this change will impact them directly, nor has it updated its guidelines with a new language.to their website, where users could sign up and manage their accounts, which could include customers paying for subscriptions — like Netflix or Spotify subscriptions, for instance. Apple said this would be global. In briefings with reporters, Apple said the details of the injunction