So far, developers can only use the App Store payment gateway, through which the technology giant collects a 30% commission from each transaction.
Madrid (European News Agency). -The US court that reviewed Epic Games’ case against Apple ordered the company that made the iPhone to accept other payment methods in its app store. This presumes that Fortress Night, the popular iPhone game developer, has filed a lawsuit.
In the verdict issued by the US media, the judge in charge of the case, Yvonne González Rogers (Yvonne González Rogers) urged Apple to accept that app developers in its store can use their “apps” and metadata It contains “buttons, external links and other calling operations” in addition to internal procurement, but also guide consumers to the procurement mechanism.”
Developers can currently only use Apple’s payment portal, which earns the technology giant a 30% commission for each transaction.
Epic Games and Apple have been at odds for over a year. Fortnite’s creators enabled a different payment platform than Apple in its iOS version, which allowed Epic Games to avoid 30% of the commission. In view of this, Apple’s app store policy does not allow this, and the Cupertino company blocked Fortnite updates and eventually expelled the game from the store.
Despite this decision, given that the clause prohibiting other payment mechanisms was legal when Epic decided to skip Apple’s payment mechanism, the judge has ordered the company to pay 30% of its due payment of 12.2 million U.S. dollars (10.3 million euros) . ) When the alternative payment option is in effect.
Epic Games’ claims have not been fully supported by the court. Although video game studios considered this a monopoly case, the court didn’t consider Apple to be a monopoly in mobile game transactions.
The ruling recognizes that Apple’s restriction enforcement is anti-competitive. According to Judge González Rogers, including the possibility of alternative payment methods “will increase competition, transparency, consumer and information choices” while protecting the iOS ecosystem.