Epic Games wins lawsuit victory against Apple over App Store payments

“[Apple is] 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”

What you need to know

  • Epic Games has won its lawsuit against Apple.
  • A judge has ruled Apple cannot stop developers from directing users to other methods of payment in their apps.

A judge has ruled in the Epic Games vs Apple case that whilst the company is not a monopolist, it cannot stop developers from linking to other payment mechanisms in their apps, in a major blow for the Cupertino company.

A court ruling states

[Apple is] 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 (ii) communicating with customers through points of contact obtained voluntarily from customers through account registration within the app.

The ruling is a massive blow to Apple’s App Store policies and defenses lodged over the last year, and it is highly likely Apple will appeal the ruling.

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