Epic Games will appeal Friday’s decision in the case that pits Fortnite’s creator versus Apple and the iPhone owner’s policies on App Store. Since August last year, the case is in court. The main theme of the case is the accusation against Apple of monopolistic practices.
Producers dispute the iPhone owner’s ban on alternative payment methods for in-app purchases within its mobile app store. Developers are required to share 30% of the revenue from the store if the official option is available. The company recently reviewed the conditions.
Epic Games is a leader in challenging restrictions that most programmers share. It decided to remove the restriction in August last year and offer direct payments for Fortnite iOS apps. He was then banned from the Fortnite iOS app, as well as his own iOS ecosystem account.
The company responded in court. Although the case was dragged on for a while, the verdict was finally reached last September 10. Epic also stated that it would appeal the decision and request a reconsideration of the case.
Epic Games was not pleased with the decision and filed a lawsuit against Apple and Apple against Apple in Australia, and in the EU. The complaint is aimed at Apple. It penalizes the producer and concludes that Epic Games violated the rules of its application store.
Even though Epic Games was not allowed to purchase in-app purchases, the judge in the United States decided that Epic Games would have to compensate Apple.
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Apple’s immediate impact is due to the fact that the judge ordered Apple to lift communication restrictions that were imposed on programmers. These restrictions prevent programmers from using information from the iOS app (email addresses, for instance) to inform users about other payment options.
Apple had proposed dropping this restriction under the terms of the agreement it had negotiated with programmers.
Apple could see some additional implications from last Friday’s decision. According to the judge, Apple’s dominance in the mobile games market and Google’s, placed them on the verge of a double-monopoly.
The judge pointed out that Apple’s success on this lucrative market is not an act of crime. It does not prove that there are practices that take advantage this situation. Epic Games was not the focus of the process. In the judgment, the judge acknowledges that the outcome might have been different if it was.
Apple is only saved because its share isn’t higher. Competitors from submarkets related are making inroads in the mobile gaming submarket and maybe because [a Epic]”I didn’t focus on this topic,” the decision states, after acknowledging the fact that the company is close to monopolist status.
This perspective may be an opportunity for Epic Games to reposition their case against Apple. However, until then, nothing changes. Fortnite is still not available on iOS. In countries where Apple has to modify the store rules (as in South Korea), the company will have its developer account blocked until the company accepts to follow Apple’s rules.