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Apple vs Epic Games: App developers allowed to use other payment systems

A ruling from a U.S. court ordered the technology giant to open its payment system to other platforms, considering it anti-competitive.

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According to a ruling from Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Apple's conduct was "anti-competitive" when it forced app developers to use its payment platform for in-app purchases. The technology giant prevented application developers from redirecting users to their own websites, but now they can use their own payment systems in what is a major decision in the technology sector.

On the other hand, Apple still came out well out well as the judge also acknowledged that it did not exercise a monopoly in the market for mobile phone game transactions, while Epic Games will have to pay them a major figure (thought to be 30%) of all profits it obtained after including their own payment method without Apple's authorization.

Background

The court ruling comes after an intense legal battle in an antitrust case brought by Epic Games, developer of Fortnite.

The video game developer sued with the intention of stopping Apple's strict control over its App Store, in which only the company's rules could be followed, which exercised absolute control over the payment systems and reserved the right to expel those who did not abide by the rules. Likewise, the lawsuit put a magnifying glass on the commission charged by iPhone for the applications included in the device, which amounted to 30%.

Apple, which does not allow downloads outside its virtual store, removed Fortnite from its App Store after developers included an update that prevented the sharing of income with the manufacturer of technological devices.

Critics of Apple accused the company of monopolistic behavior, while a broad group of app makers sought to reduce App Store controls and fees.

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