After a trial that lasted more than a year, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has finally delivered a verdict in Apple v Epic Games.
While Apple will be forced to change some of the App Store rules, Epic Games was ordered to pay Apple a 30% commission on all sales recorded by the company, bypassing the App Store’s in-app purchases in Fortnite last year. Epic has now complied with the judge’s decision and paid Apple $6 million.
The fact of payment was confirmed by the CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, on his Twitter account, who joked about paying the fine using Apple Pay.
In 2020, Epic Games released the Fortnite iOS update, which introduced its own payment system for in-game content. The company touted the new system as a cheaper way to purchase in-game items, as its own system did not require paying App Store fees.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 13, 2021
Judge Rogers ordered Epic to pay Apple 30% of the proceeds from bypassing the App Store’s in-app purchases at the time.
Meanwhile, while Apple was also ordered to allow developers to offer in-app content through third-party payment services, the company was not required to return Fortnite and Epic to the App Store. Of course, Epic Games plans to challenge the judge’s decision.