{Disarmed} Apple s lawsuit against Epic Games already has a sentence: a "tie" with millionaire compensation and a historic obligation to allow other payment systems

Apple's lawsuit against Epic Games already has a sentence: a

The fierce trial between Apple and Epic Games ended in May without a declared winner . Now, three months later, the US Justice has handed down a ruling on this battle after the decision to kick Fortnite from its App Store and for the 30% commissions.

As anticipated after hearing the arguments of both parties, the judges have ruled that both companies must take their share of responsibility. This is what has been concluded.

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Epic Games will have to pay Apple ..

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers establishes that Epic Games must pay Apple for breaking the contract with the App Store and introducing a direct payment system in Fortnite for iOS.

How much will you have to pay? This is how the court decision explains it.

In favor of Apple for breach of contract. Epic Games will pay damages equal to 30% of the $ 12,167,719 in revenue that Epic Games collected from users on the Fortnite app on iOS through Epic Direct Payment between August and October 2020, plus 30% of such revenue. that Epic Games collected from November 1, 2020 until the date of the ruling, and the interest in accordance with the law.

.. but Apple will have to allow other payment systems to developers

A few weeks ago Apple announced that from 2022 it would allow "reading" applications to link outside the App Store to charge the user. These applications may include a button or link within the app that leads to a website where the user sets up a new account. Apps like Netflix, Spotify or Amazon Kindle. A significant change that has taken years to arrive, but that would not be enough to comply with the sentence of the North American Justice.

The ruling explains that Apple is " prohibited from preventing developers from including external links or other actions that lead to purchasing mechanisms in their applications ." In other words, if app developers from the App Store want to offer alternative payment gateways to Apple's, they can add it as an additional option. Not just the "reading" apps, but all of them .

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The resolution of the lawsuit between Apple and Epic Games resolves that the game company did not comply with the rules of the App Store, but it agrees with this company in terms of the way Apple works.

Apple will have 90 days from now (until December 9) to implement the changes , unless Apple decides to go to the US Supreme Court and appeal this resolution.

The Court finds that "it cannot ultimately conclude that Apple is a monopolist under federal or state antitrust laws," but it does demonstrate that "it is engaging in anticompetitive conduct under California competition laws."

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The resolution is of great impact for the developers and gives the reason to both parties on specific points . Apple is not considered a monopoly, Epic Games will have to pay its share and the future of the App Store will have to be more open. The end of a trial that has its counterpart in the European Union and will foreseeably mark the future of the App Store.

In response to xiaomist.com, from Apple they express that "today, the Court has affirmed what we knew from the beginning: the App Store does not violate antitrust law. As the Court recognized," success is not illegal. "Apple faces a rigorous competition in all segments in which we operate, and we believe that customers and developers choose us because our products and services are the best in the world. We remain committed to ensuring that the App Store is a safe and trusted marketplace that supports a thriving developer community and more than 2.1 million jobs in the US and where the rules apply equally to everyone. "

More information | United States District Court (Via The Verge)

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