Apple appeals Epic Games decision on App Store payments
In September, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers finally announced her decision in the Apple v Epic Games case. Judge Rogers has ruled that Apple can no longer ban developers from redirecting users to third-party payment systems, but Apple is now appealing the ruling, which could delay those changes for years.
On Friday, the company sent a notice of appeal in the Epic Games case asking for a stay of the injunction that will allow developers to add other integrated payment systems besides Apple’s. If Apple accedes to its request, the change in the App Store‘s payment system might not take effect until the case is over – which could take years as noted. CNBC.
The appeal will be heard by a judge in November, while the injunction ordering Apple to lift any restrictions on developers on the in-app purchase system was due to go into effect on December 9, 2021.
Apple announced last month that developers will be able to redirect users to services outside of the App Store. However, this change only applies to apps that offer subscription content for magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and digital videos. Judge Rogers’ injunction states that this change must apply to all applications, not just those considered “readers”.
Judge Rogers’ decision reads as follows:
Apple Inc. and its officers, agents, servants, employees and any person in concert or active participation with them (“Apple”), are hereby permanently prohibited and enjoined from prohibiting developers (i) from including in their apps and metadata buttons, external links or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to in-app purchases and (ii) communication with customers through touchpoints obtained voluntarily from customers through account registration in the app.
Right now, developers have to pay Apple a 30% commission for every sale made through the App Store system. Epic Games sued Apple after trying to bypass the App Store’s in-app purchases system, which resulted in the popular game Fortnite being banned from Apple’s platforms.
Despite the permanent injunction, Judge Rogers also ruled that Apple would not be obligated to let Epic Games bring Fortnite back to the App Store.
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