The legal confrontation between Apple and Epic Games, which started last year with a controversy involving Fortnite finally came to an end. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers ruled that, while Apple does not violate antitrust laws, from the App Store to allow developers to direct users to their own payment systems . They have 90 days to modify the regulations. The above, obviously, would allow avoiding the commission of 15% or 30% for recurring payments within the applications.
“It is permanently restricted for developers to include metadata buttons, external links or other CTAs in their applications that direct customers to the purchase mechanisms “, collects The Verge. The sentence complements the changes that Apple itself introduced at the end of August. These will allow developers to inform their users about alternative payment methods So, to a certain extent, the Cupertino people were already prepared for the resolution issued today.
The dispute between Apple and Epic Games was an event that impacted the entire developer community . Much of them, of course, sided with Epic. Prior to the lawsuit, some platforms criticized the policies of the App Store for not allowing the implementation of their own payment systems in apps. The root problem, cl hoop, had to do with the commission imposed by the store in any internal transaction, since it significantly decreased its income.
The key event that sparked the conflict between Apple and Epic Games
The final step occurred during August 2020, when Epic Games challenged Apple by adding its own payment system for micro-transactions of Fortnite on iOS. Of course, the Cupertino people withdrew the application for inflicting the rules. On the same day, Epic took legal action against Apple -and Google – for alleged monopolistic practices.
“Epic files this lawsuit to end the unfair and anti-competitive actions that Apple undertakes to illegally maintain its monopoly in two separate multi-billion dollar markets: (1) the market distribution of iOS applications and (2) the processing of payments within applications in iOS ,” mentioned the document.
Certainly, today’s opinion ends up benefiting Epic Games and the rest of the developers. However, it is not ruled out that other conflicts may arise between the two companies in the future. Why? In the lawsuit, Epic hinted at their intention to have their own app store on iOS , a goal that, at the moment, they are far from achieving. The question that remains is whether those led by Tim Sweeney will go ahead with their idea of offering an alternative to the App Store. Return Fortnite to the store? We will find out in the next few days. Apple doesn’t see it as a defeat.
Despite the changes to be implemented, assuming there will be no appeal, the apple company does not consider the sentence to be a defeat, since it was found that do not violate antitrust laws . In a statement sent to Hypertext, Apple expressed:
“Today the Tribunal has affirmed what we knew from the beginning: the The App Store does not violate antitrust law. As the Court recognized, “Success is not illegal.” Apple faces stiff competition in all segments in which we operate, and we believe that customers and developers choose us because our products and services are the best in the world. We remain committed to ensuring that the App Store is a safe and trusted marketplace that supports a thriving developer community and more than 2.1 million jobs in the US and where the rules are enforced by Same for everyone..