Today, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled in Epic Games v. Apple. Although nine of the ten charges are in favor of Apple, developers who use the company’s platform Win.
The ruling in favor of developers pointed out that Apple will have to open up payment options for software sellers on the App Store. This means that Apple can no longer prevent developers from using the direct purchase option in their apps (thanks, Ars Technica).
Apple also cannot prevent app makers from communicating with customers about app purchases through e-mail communications and other methods. The judge gave Apple 90 days from today (September 10) to comply with the ruling, which means it must make changes before December.
As for another accusation filed by Epic against Apple, the judge ruled that Apple’s antitrust behavior allegations were unfounded. According to the ruling, the App Store did not violate any antitrust laws.
One of Epic’s main complaints against Apple and its App Store is that the company monopolized payment options and also accused Apple of breach of contract.
The court found that Apple did not breach the contract, and now Epic must pay Apple damages to make up for 30% of the Fortnite in-app purchases that should have been paid to Apple when Epic inserted its three payment models. There are still a few months in 2020. Basically, Epic now owes Apple $3.65 million, plus compensation.
Epic can appeal the ruling against it, but the company has not yet stated-as of press time-whether it will do so.
The ruling also found that it was reasonable for Apple to remove Fortnite from the App Store, and if it sees fit, Apple can keep the games developed by Epic Games out of its store forever.
In response to the ruling, Epic’s Tim Sweeney says The ruling “is not a victory for developers or consumers” because Epic is fighting for “a fair competition between in-app payment methods and app stores for 1 billion consumers”.
“Fortnite will return to the iOS App Store at a time and place where Epic can provide in-app payments and Apple in-app payments on a level playing field, passing the cost savings on to consumers,” Sweeney said. “Just like Apple is trying to retaliate against all Unreal Engine customers, their refusal to restore Epic’s Fortnite developer account is a retaliatory and absurd practice. We are fighting Apple over their iOS terms, but this ban also prevents Mac Fortnite. No one is arguing about Mac.”
“Mac is a highly secure and open platform, just like iOS should be. Mac users can freely install software from third-party sources such as Steam and Epic Games Store just like iOS users. Apple holds Mac users hostage in iOS disputes. It’s trivial and ridiculous.”
He also mentioned that since the new legislation in South Korea will require platforms such as Apple and Google to allow alternative IAP systems, Apple will not let Epic bring Fortnite back to South Korea’s App Store (thanks, edge).
Sweeney said that Epic has asked Apple to restore its Fortnite developer account in order to launch the game in South Korea.
you can Read the entire 185 page ruling here If you think you can.