On Friday, Apple appealed the ruling of a federal judge who fought a legal battle with Fortnite maker Epic Games over the control of the App Store. Apple asked the San Francisco Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the 185-page ruling of U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers.
The judge ordered Apple to relax control of its App Store payment options, but said that Epic had failed to prove any violation of antitrust laws.
Epic filed its own appeal last month.
“We will continue to fight,” Epic CEO Tim Sweeney tweeted when the company confirmed its plan to challenge the ruling.
Apple said within a few days after Gonzalez-Rogers made its ruling that it was “very satisfied” with the decision, but still opened the door to appeals.
The two companies chose the so-called court trial, in which the judge, not the jury, listened to the evidence and made a verdict.
Epic initiated the case to break Apple’s control of the App Store, accusing the iPhone manufacturer of acting like a monopolist in its digital goods or service store.
“To me, this is a victory for Apple, because the judge made it clear that they did not engage in monopolistic behavior,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said after the verdict.
“From a revenue perspective, I don’t think this is a problem for Apple.”
The judge banned Apple from prohibiting developers from including “external links or other calls to action to guide customers to use the purchase mechanism” in their apps.
Apple can still force its payment system to be used for in-app transactions.