Apple vs Epic Games: A Judge Ruled Against the App Store

Apple vs Epic Games: A Judge Ruled Against the App Store

 A judge ruled against Apple's App Store. Keep reading to discover what will happen in the future. Read on!

 A judge ruled against Apple's App Store. Keep reading to discover what will happen in the future. Read on!

A U.S. judge ordered Apple to change the practices of its App Store, in a long-awaited ruling in the antitrust case brought by Epic Games, publisher of the popular video game Fortnite.

According to the ruling released this Friday, the tech giant can no longer force application developers to use its payment system, a central issue in the litigation with Epic Games that could have far-reaching implications for the industry.

A U.S. judge ordered Apple to change the practices of its App Store, in a long-awaited ruling in the antitrust case brought by Epic Games, publisher of the popular video game Fortnite.

The judge's decision implies that Apple will not be able to prohibit developers from providing links or other communication that directs users outside the App Store. The measure will be effective in 90 days.

The dispute revolves around the policy of the Californian giant that charges apps between 15% and 30% for each transaction on its platform. In contrast, software developers consider this practice prohibitive.

The dispute revolves around the policy of the Californian giant that charges apps between 15% and 30% for each transaction on its platform. In contrast, software developers consider this practice prohibitive.

Epic Games wanted to install its own application store on iPhones, which would imply avoiding paying the royalty to Apple. In this sense, the video game developer gave consumers the opportunity to buy Fortnite directly from its website, at a lower price than from the App Store. In response, the apple giant pulled the popular online game out of its store, leading to litigation.

Once the news was known, the iPhone maker's shares fell more than 2% on the New York Stock Exchange.

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