Epic Games Case: Apple will not be able to prevent charges outside the App Store

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A US federal judge hit a key part of Apple’s App Store on Friday, forcing the company to allow developers to send their users to other payment systems in a win for “Fortnite” creator Epic Games and other application manufacturers.

But the magistrate did not demand that Apple let app makers use their own in-app payment systems, one of Epic’s top orders, and allowed Apple to continue charging commissions of 15% to 30% for its own payment system. in the app.

Epic said it would appeal the decision, with Chief Executive Tim Sweeney stating on Twitter that the decision “is not a win for developers or consumers.”

US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers described her decision as demanding a “measured” change to Apple’s rules. Analysts said the impact could depend largely on how the iPhone maker chooses to implement the decision.

The decision broadly enhances the concession made to video streaming companies last week, allowing them to direct users to external payment methods. The ruling expands this exemption to all developers, including game developers who are the biggest cash generators for Apple’s App Store, which is the foundation of its $53.8 billion services segment.