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‘Fortnite’ creator Epic Games to appeal ruling in Apple case

Reuters September 12 | Updated on September 13, 2021

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The judge allowed Apple to continue to charge commissions of 15-30% for its own in-app payment system

“Fortnite” game maker Epic Games on Sunday said in a legal filing that it plans to appeal a ruling in its antitrust case against Apple Inc after a federal judge on Friday handed down a mixed decision.

The judge on Friday said Apple would have to loosen some rules on developers. But the ruling favoured Apple on many counts, including allowing the iPhone maker to continue its prohibition of third-party, in-app payment systems.

Also read: US Judge loosens Apple’s grip on app store in Epic decision

It also allowed Apple to continue to charge commissions of 15-30 per cent for its own in-app payment system. Epic had said it would continue its legal fight.

Analysts said the impact may depend heavily on how Apple chooses to implement the judge’s decision. Apple’s critics and rivals said they are more likely to turn to legislators, rather than courts, to pursue the changes they seek.

Both Apple and Epic declined to comment on Sunday.

Published on September 13, 2021

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