Epic's antitrust lawsuit against Apple ended last month, and the two companies scored a winning streak after the ruling. Apple successfully defended against most of the complaints, and Epic gained the right to use in-app payment methods. However, both companies have resumed.
On Friday, Apple challenged Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers' appeal for violating antitrust law by preventing developers from accessing third-party payment platforms. Rogers said Apple should change its guidelines and allow software developers to interact with third-party payment platforms. Apple has 90 days to agree to this part of the ruling and announce a due date in early December. Apple argues that the anti-command law is not necessary because it has already changed its App Store guidelines to allow developers to notify customers of third-party payment systems. Although it allows developers to tell users an alternative, they allow the app to connect to it, as required. It's worth noting that Apple has allowed the so-called "reader app" category to be associated with its subscription and payment platforms, but this does not include game apps.
Apple insists on implementing direct-link third-party payment systems that pose a risk to its customers. At the very least, it takes time to assess the risks and test the system.
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“Automated links and buttons Alternate payment is risky,” read appeal file . "Users who click on a payment link embedded in an app - particularly a link distributed via the App Store - are expected to be redirected to a web page so that they can share payment information, email address, or other personal information." Safely.” Apple’s lawyers say it’s suddenly allowing developers to link to their payment platforms, exposing users to fraud. Even with staff dedicated to verifying the authenticity of thousands of different stores, nothing can stop malicious changes to your platform. p>
“Although Apple may offer legal team release links for review, there is nothing to prevent the developer from changing the landing point for this link or changing the content of the destination web page.” “Apple cannot currently determine whether the user who receives clicks on an external link to the products or features he paid for.” The court ruling has been in effect for years while legal action has been underway.
Late last night, Apple notified Epic that Fortnite would be blacklisted from Ahead of the Apple ecosystem awaits all court appeals, which can take processes of up to 5 years pic.twitter.com/QCD7wogJef- TimSweeneyEpic September 22, 2021
While Epic was happy with this small victory, the loss of the rest Complaints she was not willing to accept disdain Part of the ruling is that Epic must pay Apple more than $3 million because it has clearly left the App Store by offering a third-party payment alternative. Compensating Apple's share of off-platform sales for a legal license to own foreign stores that do not respond to Cupertino is a small cost.
Perhaps the most important factor in Epic's choice of appeal was Judge Rogers' declaration that he had failed to prove that Apple was using its monopoly power. Rogers noted that while Apple is not currently a monopoly, it may become one in the not too distant future. In fact, the judge noted that his decision on monopoly power would have been different if Epic had focused more on it.
"The evidence shows that Apple is close to the abyss of market power or monopoly power." Judge Rogers wrote with a large market share. "Apple is only saved by the fact that it no longer has a stake, because its competitors are entering the mobile game market, and perhaps because the plaintiff did not focus on this issue."
In the meantime, Apple has promised not to return Fortnite permission to the App Store until the current dispute is resolved and all appeals are closed.
Apple asks court to allow connection to third-party payment systems in December