To the surprise of many, the trial between Epic Games and Apple appeared to come to an end today. However, the story couldn’t be further from over. According to The Verge, the Fortnite developers are not satisfied and They would appeal the decision of Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers.
Let’s clean up. In itself, a portion of the ruling represents a triumph for Epic Games because it forces Apple to change part of its policy on the App Store. Specifically, those in Cupertino must allow developers to direct users to their own payment systems. However, those led by Tim Cook have come out with the other accusations and claims.
While the judge indicated that the evidence shows that Apple engaged in anticompetitive conduct under California law, it also acknowledged that it could not be proven that the firm exercises a monopoly through the App Store. In addition, the company will continue to prohibit sideloading, will not reduce its 30% commission, nor will it accept third-party app stores. And above Epic Games will have to pay 3.5 million dollars to those of the apple for breach of contract.
Epic Games for now refuses to celebrate its legal “triumph” against Apple
For all these reasons, what Epic Games seems to be, in reality, a Pyrrhic victory. In fact, its own CEO, Tim Sweeney, used his Twitter account to make it clear that his battle is not over yet.
“Today’s decision is not a victory for developers or consumers. Epic fights for fair competition between in-app payment methods and app stores for one billion consumers,” he wrote.
In another tweet, meanwhile, he hinted that Fortnite’s return to the App Store is not in Apple’s hands, after all. “Fortnite will return to the iOS App Store when and where Epic can offer in-app payments in fair competition with Apple’s payment system, passing the savings on to consumers,” he said.
Fortnite will return to the iOS App Store when and where Epic can offer in-app payment in fair competition with Apple in-app payment, passing along the savings to consumers.
– Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 10, 2021
If Epic Games’ appeal seeking a broader favorable outcome is confirmed, we will have to wait a few more months for a hypothetical definitive result; always thinking of a scenario in which Apple does not appeal, taking into account that the ruling does not seem to have angered them too much. If those on the block also fight back, the story will be even longer.