Welcome to the decision of the biggest Legal Fight of the digital world. Epic probably needed a more extensive entertainment channel and clearly were not having enough out of Fortnite, which is why they decided to poke Apple. But then, to be fair, whoever can get enough of the fantastic video game?
But then Apple is undoubtedly much more popular with our generation. Most of us grew up using Apple gadgets, and yet still, it continues to surprise us every time. However, the truth is, some of us are really sad because of what Apple had to go through. Apple does give us a homely feeling, after all.
Epic sued Apple after being annoyed by its app store policy of not allowing developers to redirect their customers to their personal links for subscriptions and purchases. And/Or they were just simply tired of Apple’s “Monopoly ” as Epic Stated, and appealed before the court to take away some of Apple’s power over the iPhone to end the monopoly.
However, to Epic’s shock, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers disagreed and said that Apple was not a monopolist and that “success is not illegal,” and She also added, “the court cannot ultimately conclude that Apple is a monopolist under either federal or state antitrust laws,” she continued. “Nonetheless, the trial did show that Apple is engaging in anticompetitive conduct under California’s competition laws.”
On Friday morning, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers imposed a permanent injunction in the Epic v. Apple lawsuit, handing a massive defeat to Apple’s App Store model and putting a stop to months of heated legal wrangling.
According to the latest court order, Apple is, (of course, till it is not appealed in a higher court):
“permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from including in their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing and communicating with customers through points of contact obtained voluntarily from customers through account registration within the app.”
In simpler words, Apple has been ordered to give all the IOS apps the liberty of allowing their users to make payments directly to the apps and not only through Apple. The injection will take effect after 90 days, on the 9th of December, 2021, unless, of course, Apple makes an appeal to a higher court.
Because of the court’s decision, Apple stock dropped 2% in trading on Friday. But on the bright side, the gamers can relax in their gaming chairs and play Fortnite all night long.
Judge Gonzalez-Rogers expresses her opinion on the subject in further detail in the complete judgment. The judge, in particular, rejected both parties’ definitions of the marketplace in the dispute. Judge Gonzalez-Roger wrote, “The relevant market here is digital mobile gaming transactions, not gaming generally and not Apple’s own internal operating systems related to the App Store.”
Apple won 9/10 counts, but yet still it has to follow the instructions implied by the court.
The ruling puts an end to the first round of the dispute between the two businesses regarding Apple’s App Store regulations and whether they restrict competition. Apple was found guilty of anti-competitive misconduct under California law and will be compelled to modify its App Store guidelines and loosen its control on in-app purchases.