Just as has been expected since the judgment was handed down on Friday evening, Epic Games has appealed the result of its legal battle with Apple. The battle was related to the App Store and Apple’s running of it, with Apple winning nine of the ten counts.
As reported by The Verge, Epic has also been told to pay damages to Apple for the money it raised while bypassing the App Store’s in-app payment system via a clandestine Fortnite app update.
That, presumably, is one of the things Epic is appealing against.
At trial, Epic argued Apple had a monopoly because of how it requires developers to use its payments system for in-game purchases. But Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled Friday that Epic should pay damages to Apple for violating rules around its in-app purchasing system, while undoing Apple’s most restrictive rules on steering customers to alternate payment systems.
Apple didn’t have it all its own way, of course. The company must now make changes to the App Store that will allow developers to link out of it for payments rather than forcing them to use the App Store’s own systems.
While we still await the next stage of this sordid affair, it’s clear that Fortnite isn’t coming back to the App Store. It’s also obvious that this could run and run, too.
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