District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers issued a permanent injunction in Epic v. Apple on Friday morning, effectively ending months of bitter litigation and severely hitting the Apple App Store model. In short: now Apple cannot prohibit posting links to third-party payment systems in applications.
The order states that Apple “Developers may not be prohibited from including buttons, external links, or other calls to action in their apps and their metadata that direct customers to purchase mechanisms, in addition to in-app purchases“.
That is, iOS apps should now be allowed to direct users to payment options that go beyond what Apple itself offers. The judgment should take effect 90 days later – December 9 – unless otherwise assigned by a higher court.
At the same time, the court confirmed that Epic Games violated an agreement with Apple when it implemented an alternative payment system in Fortnite. As a result, Epic has to pay Apple 30% of all revenues generated through the system since its introduction, which is more than $ 3.5 million.
According to the decision, Apple is not a monopoly under the law, but legal proceedings have shown that the company is pursuing an anticompetitive policy under the California competition laws.
Apple called the decision a victory for the App Store model, as the court officially confirmed that the company did not violate antitrust laws. A company spokesman reiterated that customers choose its products and platforms simply because they are the best in the world. Epic Games has not yet commented on the court’s decision.
Today’s judgment is likely to have a significant impact on other similar processes. Recall that Google faced a similar lawsuit from Epic Games, and the litigation in this case continues to this day.