A protracted litigation between Epic Games and Apple ended today. Although Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers banned Apple from blocking links to third-party payment systems in applications, Epic lost on all other counts. However, the developer does not intend to give up and plans to appeal to a higher court.
The District Court’s ruling in this case is indeed hardly a success for Epic. The court did not oblige Apple to allow third-party app downloads or reduce transaction fees, which currently stand at 30%. Moreover, the court ruled that Epic had violated an agreement with Apple by adding a third-party payment system to Fortnite. As a result, Epic will have to pay several million dollars in damages to Apple.
Shortly after the announcement of the court’s decision, Epic’s press office confirmed the company’s intention to appeal. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney commented on the issue on Twitter, making it clear that he was not satisfied with the outcome of the proceedings. “Today’s decision is not a win for developers or consumers. Epic is fighting to compete fairly across in-app and in-store payment methods for a billion consumers. “, – wrote the head of Epic.
Also, one cannot exclude a scenario in which Apple decides to file an appeal. Although the company called the court’s decision a “resounding victory”, in reality it was not entirely true. If developers have the opportunity to use third-party payment systems, then Apple’s revenue from the App Store will be significantly reduced.