Epic Games and Apple; a Win-Win, or a Lose-Lose?
After a long wait, the Epic vs. Apple trial has finally had significant development. The judge has ruled against Apple and decides that Apple has no right to stop developers from linking out other payment methods. Moreover, Gonzalez Rogers also ruled that Epic had failed to prove Apple’s monopolistic business design.
California’s Judge Gonzalez-Rogers ruling may be termed as a win-win for both Epic and Apple. The judge ruled that Apple can control the payment system with a free hand and will but of its own platform. The ruling came in favor of Apple after Epic failed to prove its allegation that Apple held a monopoly which goes against the anti-trust laws.
However, the judge also decided against Apple and said that it cannot block other developers on its platform from linking other payment methods alternative to Apple’s.
Preventing developers from linking an alternative payment method in their apps would constitute “anti-competitive conduct” under state law.
“[Apple is] 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,” The judge wrote.
Now, Epic has a couple of options to ponder on and decide about Fortnite’s future. Epic can reverse its position on its decision about Apple being monopolistic. As for the alternative payment option in Fortnite, Epic might let its payment system remain installed in the game.
Moreover, Epic might take this ruling as a win it has been seeking. After all, the legal battle started after Epic’s step to surpass Apple’s payment system to avoid the mandatory cut.
Both Apple and Epic have yet to release a statement on the ruling. The ruling is enforceable from 9th December later this year.