Not long after, Apple managed to win its case against game developer Epic Fortnite As one US court ruled. This case extended for months, during which there was a major struggle between the two companies over systems, stores, violation of rights, and more.
As a mentioned site, Bloomberg the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by a lower court judge in 2021 that largely rejects Epic’s claims that Apple violated federal law by not allowing any competing markets on its iOS.
An antitrust lawsuit filed by Epic against the iPhone maker began in August 2020, after it moved to circumvent Apple’s 30% platform fee with a new direct payment option in Fortnite. This resulted in the game being removed from the App Store and the Epic account being terminated.
The trial court judge in the case against Epic ruled on nine of the 10 counts it brought against Apple, and the court announced it would appeal the decision. The three-judge appeals panel said the following:
“There is a lively and important debate about the role online transaction platforms play with market power in our economy and democracy. Our job, as a federal appeals court, is not to resolve this debate, nor can we even attempt to do so. In this decision we have faithfully applied precedent based on the facts.”
After the original ruling, he wrote Tim Sweeney The CEO of Epic asked Apple to reactivate their accounts on their platform, promising to “adhere to Apple’s guidelines when and where they release their products on the iOS platform”.
But Apple denied the request and said it would not consider returning Fortnite to the App Store until its legal battle with the other party is complete. Where do you think this battle will lead?
It is noteworthy that since the beginning of last year, Apple has removed the game Fortnite from the iOS Store and blocked access to game updates for users who have the game installed on their devices. This came after Epic introduced a separate in-game payment system on Apple devices that enables it to bypass the App Store, which takes 30% of the value of payments.
Since that time, judicial battles have raged between the two parties, which to this day have not reached any solutions to return the game to the store and end the restrictions on access to updates.