Epic Games filed a notice and is appealing the decision of a federal judge in the lawsuit, accusing Apple of an illegal monopoly and stifling competition.
The maker of the popular Fortnite video game stated in a court filing on Sunday that it will submit the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
In a 185-page ruling issued on Friday, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers (Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers) ordered Apple to remove the lucrative part of the competitive roadblock to protect its closeness. Operates the iPhone app store, but she rejected Epic’s allegations about Apple’s monopoly.
Epic’s notice of appeal stated that it will appeal the final judgment “and all orders that led to or gave rise to the judgment.”
The ruling continued to weaken the so-called “walled garden” Apple built around its crown jewel iPhone and its app store, but it did not completely overturn it.
The decision also provides some proof for Apple. The judge did not mark Apple as a monopolist, nor did it require it to allow competing stores to provide apps for iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
These are the two biggest goals Epic seeks. After blatantly defying an exclusive payment system, the company filed its hopes to become a landmark antitrust case last year. 15% to 30% is pooled to Apple.
Such transactions can include subscriptions from Netflix or Spotify to the sale of digital items such as songs, movies, or video game virtual gadgets. Epic sees this lucrative fee as a price-raising strategy, which would be impossible if competing stores were allowed to provide iPhone apps.
Although part of her decision raised questions about whether Apple’s fees would push up consumer prices, Gonzalez Rogers kept the fee structure unchanged and defended the company’s right to block other stores from providing apps for its iPhone. She sided with Apple on all other key points in the case.
But the judge did conclude that Apple has been engaged in unfair competition under California law, prompting her to order the company to allow developers across the United States to insert links to other payment options in iPhone apps. This change will make it easier for application developers to avoid paying Apple’s commissions, which may affect billions of dollars in revenue each year.
Apple did its best to characterize this decision as a complete victory, although it admitted that it may appeal parts of the ruling, which will make it easier for app developers to avoid Apple’s commissions.