It’s been three months since the trial closed, and Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers passed her verdict on the Epic Games vs. Apple case. According to the ruling, Apple’s practices are anti-competitive and the company must allow App Store developers to redirect to third-party payment options.
The verdict comes after Apple made several changes to the App Store policies last week, including the option to Allow developers to inform their users about alternative payment options for subscriptions.
The injunction states the following:
“Apple Inc. and its officers, agents, servants, employees, and anyone who actively collaborates with or participates in them (” Apple “) is hereby permanently prevented and prohibited from prohibiting developers from (i) using their apps and their metadata to include buttons, external links or other calls to action that direct customers to purchase mechanisms, in addition to in-app purchases and (ii) communication with customers via contact points that the customer voluntarily receives through the account registration in the app. “
The restraining order is set to go into effect in 90 days, and Apple must allow all applications to refer users to third-party payment providers, which is a huge win for Epic Games.
In other news, Judge Rogers also ruled that Epic Games breached its App Store contract when Fortnite was updated with a third-party payment option. Epic must pay Apple $ 12,167,719 in damages for breach of contract.
“To counterclaim in favor of Apple to counterclaim for breach of contract. Epic Games will pay (1) damages equal to (i) 30% of the revenue of $ 12,167,719 that Epic Games collected from users on the Fortnite app on iOS through Epic Direct Payment between August and October 2020, plus (ii) 30% of such earnings that Epic Games has accumulated from November 1, 2020 through the date of the judgment and interest as required by law. “
It is currently unclear whether Fortnite will return to the App Store; Judge Rogers stated, however, that last year Apple had every right to terminate Epic Games’ developer account for violating Apple’s contract guidelines. As it stands, it’s up to Apple to allow Fortnite back on the platform and Epic Games to follow the new rules.
“Apple’s termination of the DPLA and related agreements between Epic Games and Apple was valid, lawful, and enforceable, and (ii) Apple has the contractual right to terminate its DPLA with any or all of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, affiliates of Epic Games, and / or other companies under the control of Epic Games at any time and in Apple’s sole discretion. “
Would you like Fortnite to return to the App Store now that the Epic-Apple battle is over? If you’re a developer, what do you think of the verdict? Let us know in the comments below!
Roland is a technology enthusiast and software engineer based in the UK. He is also a content creator and author and is best known by the name “Techusiast”.