Apple has taken another stab at the seemingly endless legal battle against Epic Games. This week, the judiciary in the United States decided to uphold a previous verdict, where Apple won in 9 of the 10 points of the case.
The case originated in Epic’s attempt to circumvent Apple’s guidelines for how to charge for apps that are on the App Store. By setting up a separate payment solution, Epic tried to avoid having to give Apple 30 percent of the revenue from, for example, the iOS version of Fortnite.
It resulted in lawsuits and countersuits, before Apple finally emerged as the big winner when the verdict came down in 2021. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers declared that Epic had committed a breach of contract and rejected the claim that Apple operated a monopoly. At the same time, she decided that Apple had to allow alternative payment methods.
Both parties appealed the case, but after a new round the previous verdict was upheld. The only thing that changed was that Epic was ordered to pay court costs. In a press release (via Eurogamer), Apple referred to the recognition as a major victory.
– Today’s announcement is a new confirmation of Apple’s big victory in the case, where 9 out of 10 points went in Apple’s favour. For the second time in two years, the US judiciary has decided that Apple follows competition laws at both the state and federal level.
Apple nevertheless said that it will consider a new appeal in the hope of securing victory on the last point of the case, related to other payment solutions.
Fortnite is also still banned from both the App Store, but can be played on iPad and iPhone via, among other things, Xbox Cloud Gaming.
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