June 9, 2023


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Apple won most of it against Epic AGAIN, but this pissed it off

Apple has once again won the biggest battle for its App Store.

Epic Games lost to Apple for the second time

At the moment, the second highest court in the United States has ruled that the Apple App Store is not a monopoly, and it did not violate any of these laws. Epic appealed the first time they lost, saying that “the wrong answer was reached” and that “there were several errors” in the ruling.

that is He is The victory for Tim Sweeney and Epic Games is that the court upheld the original ruling that Apple must allow developers to flag alternative payment methods that exist outside the App Store, thus avoiding up to 30 percent of the fee to Apple. The company had previously appealed this ruling. More on that below.

Here’s what Apple told MacRumors after the final judgment this evening:

Today’s decision underscores Apple’s resounding victory in this case, as nine out of ten claims were made in Apple’s favor. For the second time in two years, a federal court has ruled that Apple complies with state and federal antitrust laws. The App Store continues to foster competition and driving innovation and expanding opportunity, we are proud of its profound contribution to both users and developers around the world. We respectfully disagree with the court’s ruling on the only claim remaining subject to state law, and consider further review.”

This is what we reported on the case when Apple won most of it, but appealed, in October 2021:

Billions of dollars and partial control of the App Store were at stake for Apple in the case Epic brought against them. Judge Gonzalez Rogers ruled in Apple’s favor in nine of Epic’s 10 lawsuits, and Apple called the ruling a “resounding victory.” But Apple lost out on one important point: The judge demanded that Apple allow developers to connect to external payment systems. This decision will go into effect from December of this year, and this is probably when Apple tries to delay new rounds in the courtrooms.”

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