Following Friday’s ruling that led to an injunction against Apple, Epic Games chose to continue its legal proceedings and appeal the decision. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers ruled that Epic did not provide sufficient evidence to prove that Apple is a monopoly in the video game field.
“I hereby notify Epic Games, Inc… to appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on September 10, 2021, the final judgment (ECF No. 814) and all orders that led to or gave rise to the judgment,” read Epic Sunday Appeal filed. Why appeal the results, including an injunction that provides payment options for app developers? On the one hand, Epic was found to have violated a contract to bypass Apple’s in-app payment system in a short period of time. The judge ordered the creator of Unreal Engine to pay $3.6 million, and if the payment is processed as agreed, Apple will receive a 30% discount.
Although Epic has indeed succeeded in one type of legal dispute-a huge victory for the app developers as a whole, which will help prevent Apple from grasping the power to share in-app purchase revenue-but its goal is better than in-app purchases. Freedom is broader. Whether it is to reduce the overall revenue share when using Apple’s App Store, or to allow other digital markets to enter the iOS ecosystem. Microsoft’s Xbox cloud gaming service is a good example of how Apple restricts the company from placing any similar alternative gaming portals in the App Store. Therefore, Microsoft decided to bypass the traditional application model on iOS and instead run through the web browser on supported Apple devices.
Except for the paperwork that has been submitted, there are currently very few details about Epic Games’ appeal. There is currently no timetable for when or how long the appeal may take, but if/when the case progresses significantly, we will notify you in time.