Epic Games Heads To US Court Of Appeals Against Apple Verdict.
The decision which manifests Epic’s victory is that the court termed Apple’s anti-steering cases as too stringent. Court has ordered Apple to loosen its rules as of December 9. After that Apple won’t be able to prevent developers from linking an alternative external payment method outside of Apple’s ecosystem.
The court determined Apple’s practice of preventing developers to advertise alternative payment links as anticompetitive under California’s Unfair Competition Law. This led to Judge ordering Apple to remove its rule that prevents developers from including “buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms” in their apps on App Store.
However, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers ruled against Epic when it came to Fortnite hotfix direct payment method which avoided Apple’s 30% commission. Apple won on this count and the Judge upheld Apple’s claim that Epic breached the contract.
Epic’s legal crusade against Apple continues on several fronts, the Northern District Court of California is just one of its kind. Epic has approached and filed against Apple in the UK, USA, Australia, and European Union.