On September 12, Epic Games appealed the September 10 ruling passed by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, which concluded the Epic Games v. Apple legal case.
While the court did rule that app developers can now direct users to payment options outside the App Store, the rest of the verdict didn’t make Epic happy.
First, the judge failed to “ultimately conclude that Apple is a monopolist.” Second, the ruling did not force Apple into allowing third-party app stores on iOS. Third, the court found Epic Games in breach of its contract with Apple when it rolled its own payment system in the Fortnite app. Now Epic must pay Apple 30 percent of all revenue collected through the system since it was introduced, which amounts to more than $3.5 million.
So basically, Apple won on all counts except one — anti-steering practices.
When the ruling came in, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said that the company would appeal the court’s decision. “We will fight on,” Sweeney tweeted, although he didn’t explain on what grounds exactly Epic is appealing.