Apple vs Epic: The apple company will no longer be able to impose its payment system and its commission on developers

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In the end, this is an important victory for all developers. Friday, a California judge has, in large part, agreed with publisher Epic, by prohibiting Apple from imposing its payment system – and therefore its 30% commission – on developers on its app store.

With this permanent injunction, Apple has 90 days to make changes and let developers redirect consumers to their own websites and payment methods, she added. The only reason for satisfaction for the firm at the apple, the judge considered that Apple did not hold “no monopoly on the market for transactions in mobile games”.

“Epic won”

Epic, the game publisher Fortnite, accused Apple of abusing its dominant position by taking too high commissions on customer spending and by imposing on them the App Store as a mandatory intermediary between them and their users.

The two companies have been fighting each other for a year, when Epic broke its contract with Apple. Its Fortnite update offered players a way to bypass the App Store payment system, and thus avoid the automatic debit of a 30% commission on all of their in-game purchases.

“Apple ” won ” by not being considered a monopoly, but Epic ” won ” the right to direct players to the Epic Store (its own store, note) as an alternative payment method. In the end: Epic won, ”tweeted Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush. Sign that the decision is rather bad for Apple, its action lost 2.8% on the stock market after the verdict.

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