The court also decided that Epic Games violated its contract with Apple when it used an alternative payment system in Fortnite.
A federal judge made a decision that Apple’s App Store business model should change fundamentally and that Apple must now allow other forms of in-app purchase. In a conclusion to an antitrust lawsuit launched by Fortnite developer Epic Games, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled that Apple must allow app developers to lead customers to alternative forms of payments.
Gonzalez Rogers also decided that Apple violated California state competition laws because the company has been forcing developers into using Apple’s payment processing service without letting them tell customers about other cheaper solutions.
Apple will be "permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from including in their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing and communicating with customers through points of contact obtained voluntarily from customers through account registration within the app."
Further, the court decided that Epic Games violated its contract with Apple when it used an alternative payment system in Fortnite. Epic must now pay Apple 30 percent of all revenue collected through the alternative system (more than $3.5 million). What do you think about the decision? Will Apple be able to change the outcome?
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