Apple Denies Violating US Court Order in Epic Games Lawsuit

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Oakland, California In a recent legal battle, Apple, the maker of iPhones, has denied violating a court order related to its App Store. The company urged U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers to reject a request by “Fortnite” developer Epic Games to hold it in contempt. The dispute centers around antitrust allegations and Apple’s control over app downloads and transactions within its ecosystem.

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Epic’s Allegations

Epic Games, the creator of the popular game “Fortnite,” accused Apple of antitrust violations. The heart of the matter lies in Apple’s strict rules governing how consumers download apps and make in-app purchases. Epic contends that Apple’s practices hinder competition and limit consumer choice.

The Battle Over Fees

One key point of contention is Apple’s 27% fee on in-app purchases. Epic argues that this fee makes alternative payment options commercially unusable for developers. The video game company claims that Apple’s restrictions prevent apps from informing users about other ways to pay for goods.

Court Rulings

While Epic largely lost its case against Apple, Judge Rogers ordered the tech giant to provide greater freedom to developers. This ruling allows developers to guide app users toward alternative payment methods for digital goods. However, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Apple’s appeal of the injunction order, leaving the ruling intact.

Micromanagement and Profitability

Apple’s filing criticized Epic’s attempt to make its tools and technologies available to developers for free. The company accused Epic of seeking to micromanage Apple’s business operations in a way that would increase Epic’s profitability. The ongoing legal battle between the two companies continues to shape the landscape of app stores and digital markets.

Future Implications

In a similar case against Alphabet’s Google, a judge in San Francisco is expected to issue a separate injunction affecting the Google Play Store. As the legal battles unfold, the tech industry watches closely to see how these decisions will impact app ecosystems and consumer rights.

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Jennifer Dixon

Jennifer Dixon is a passionate and professional news writer with over 15 years of experience in the media industry. She has worked as a reporter, editor, and correspondent for various news agencies such as Reuters, CNN, and BBC. She has covered a wide range of topics, from politics and business to culture and entertainment. She has a keen eye for detail and a flair for storytelling. She is also an avid reader and learner, always curious about the world and its people. Jennifer holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in English from Yale University. She is currently working as a freelance writer and consultant, helping clients with their news and content needs. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and photography.

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