As announced, the creators of the online game “Fortnite” appealed the judgment of a California district judge who had largely dismissed her claims. Epic’s justification for the objection was initially not apparent from the trial documents published on Sunday.
Epic wanted by lawsuit among other things, enforce the right to your own app store on the iPhone. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers did not follow the game company’s argument that Apple’s approach of only allowing the app to be installed from its own download platform was anti-competitive. However, she saw unfair competition in the fact that Apple does not allow developers to refer users to opportunities to purchase digital items directly from them. That should change in three months.
Apple defends app store system
When purchasing digital articles and content via Apple’s in-app system, the developers must assign 15 to 30 percent of the purchase price to the iPhone group. According to the judgment, around 70 percent of the app store revenue comes from game apps. Epic and several other major app providers want to run their business on the iPhone by Apple without the App Store levy. Apple counters that the app store system is designed to protect consumers from data thieves and fraudsters – and the levy is necessary, among other things, to finance this infrastructure.
Apple banned Epic from the app store last year after the game company secretly smuggled into “Fortnite” the option to buy digital items directly. The judge saw Apple in the right because Epic had violated its contract with the iPhone company. dpa