Apple was ordered to allow calls to other payment methods within iOS apps
The court decided in Epic Games’ case against Apple that iPhone owners must allow game and app makers to submit links to other ways of payment within the applications.
The court only agreed on one of the 10 arguments raised by Epic Games against Apple, finding that it must modify its policy and grant the creators what they have long requested, but Epic Games otherwise lost.
This policy will go into effect on December 9, 2021, and will allow authors to propose payment alternatives that do not need Apple to pay 30% of the income earned by programs distributed through its digital store.
The court ruled that Epic violated the contractual contract by enabling direct purchases of V-Bucks at Fortnite, circumventing Apple’s 30% rate, resulting in Epic’s 30% payment to Apple of $12 million.
Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, expressed dissatisfaction with the outcome and stated that it was not a triumph for customers, promising to continue fighting for market and competitive fairness.
According to him, Fortnite would only return to the iOS store if Epic could convince customers to save money rather than be compelled to pay Apple.