The lawsuit between the game developer Epic Games and Apple has been ongoing for a long time, which began after the Fortnite game was removed from the App Store. Finally yesterday, the California District Court made a final decision on this lawsuit.
In general, Apple won the case, although judging soberly and objectively, in fact, there are no winners in this case since “punishment” is provided for both parties. First of all, Apple was not recognized as a monopoly. “This conclusion cannot be drawn either under federal antitrust laws or state laws. Nevertheless, this process did show that Apple is resorting to antitrust actions that violate California’s competition laws, ”the judge said.
But the court ruled that Epic Games still violated the agreement by allowing users to buy in-game currency and goods directly through the Fortnite in-game app, rather than through Apple’s payment service.
As a result, Epic Games must pay a massive penalty, which is 30% of all revenue received through Epic Direct Payment since its introduction (August – October 2020), as well as 30% of similar revenue Epic Games received in the period from 1 November 2020 until the court ruling. This is estimated to be over $3.5 million.
In addition, some of Epic Games’ claims are supported. For example, the ruling states that Apple “cannot prevent developers from including buttons, external links or other calls to action that direct customers to purchase mechanisms in addition to in-app purchases in their apps and their metadata.” The judgment should come into force in 90 days – on December 9.