Why it matters: This week's ruling in the lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple led to wins and losses on both sides. Apple can't block links to third-party payment systems on its platform, but the judge still believes that Fortnite is legally banned from iOS and can be sued for breach of Epic's contract.
The biggest decision in the new ruling was the ruling that Apple cannot prevent iOS developers from being associated with payment options outside of iOS. That could cost Apple billions of dollars in long-term profits, but the judge ruled that Epic was still violating Apple's rules because it was tied to the payment option when it was introduced last year. Epic sued Apple last year over the ban on Fortnite on iOS. Apple did so because Epic began instructing Fortnite iOS customers to pay for in-game items through Epic direct payments.
The ruling also states that Apple has every right to remove Epic from iOS, although it can no longer prevent developers from doing so. What Epic did.Since South Korea passed a law late last month that did not force app store operators to impose their own payment systems on developers, Epic has sought a return to iOS, at least in South Korea.So far, Apple has refused, and this may indicate The ruling states that Apple will never be asked to return Epic.
The two companies are expected to appeal parts of the ruling.
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