So the lawsuit between Apple and Epic has sort of come to an end. We say sort of because the official ruling has been made, but as with most court cases, there tends to be appeals. In this case, it looks like Epic isn’t too thrilled with the ruling and has since filed for an appeal against the ruling.
The notice does not mention which part of the ruling Epic was appealing, but it could be a number of things. One of which is how the judge presiding over the case had ordered Epic to pay Apple $3.65 million in damages for violating Apple’s rules that bar third-party in-app payment systems, along with 30% of whatever Epic made through its own in-house payment system from November 2020 onward.
Another possible contest could be how the ruling did not find Apple’s App Store a monopolist, at least under federal or state antitrust laws. While the judge did find Apple’s behavior to be anti-competitive, it was not enough for them to be considered a monopolist. As we said in our previous report, there are no clear winners here.
Both sides did not exactly get the ruling they wanted. In Apple’s case, it seems that they will now be forced to allow developers to let users know about alternative payment methods, which some believe could lead to quite a big impact on Apple’s revenue. However, Apple seems to have considered the ruling a victory, but we suppose we’ll now have to wait and see how Epic’s appeal goes.