Apple and Epic games split points

The judge has upheld that the App Store's overall system is legal and it does not have an illegal monopoly

The American tech company Apple and legal challenger, Epic Games, seem to be heading towards an appeal against a 185-page ruling delivered in a California court on Friday.

 

Stanford don Mark Lemley, studies antitrust issues and technology said, "It's a split decision."

 

"It will improve competition on the edges, but it's not the fundamental change that Epic and advocates of the antitrust case would have hoped for." he added.

 

US district judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers created a worldwide buzz after agreeing that Apple is forcing other people to pay for apps and in-app items through its App Store and takes a 30 per cent slice of the payment as commission.

 

Rogers, who famously criticised Apple chief Tim Cook for four hours earlier this year, ordered that the company have to ease up and let in other payment options roll within 90 days. But it seems a lot less than what Epic Games expected.

 

But the judge has upheld that the App Store's overall system is legal and it does not have an illegal monopoly over how developers can process payments for mobile games.

 

While the Epic games has been violating the rules of Apple and was allowing customers to buy credits for Fortnite, through its own system on a 30 per cent discount. Thus in effect, challenges Apple to kick it out.

 

The judge has ruled that Epic Games is in breach of contract of $12 million. So, Epic owes Apple 30 per cent of that amount as per the terms of it's contract.

 

Epic has filed a separate case against Google and it is scheduled to go to trail.

 

The US administration has already introduced legislation to control the tech giants' strict App Store policies while South Korea has already banned Apple (and Google) from forcing developers to use its payment system.

 

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