While some may have thought the Epic Games versus Apple battle ended when the US Supreme Court decided the existing App Store ruling would stand, and it would not hear appeals from either side, it quickly became clear that this isn’t the case.
Epic Games has now followed through with its threat to contest Apple’s “bad-faith compliance plan” – which would see the company charge 27% commission on app sales made outside of its own App Store …
The story so far
- Epic Games introduced its own in-app payment system on iPhone
- This bypassed the App Store, and denied Apple its 30% commission
- This was a blatant breach of App Store terms & conditions
- Apple responded by throwing the company off the App Store
- The two companies went to court
- The court told Epic that Apple did not operate a monopoly
- The court told Apple it must allow app sales outside the App Store
- Both cases appealed the parts of the ruling they didn’t like
- The US Supreme Court declined to hear either appeal
That decision meant the original court rulings stand, and Apple promptly responded with an announcement that, sure, it would allow third-party app sales – but it would still charge a 27% commission on them (12% for small developers).
It seems clear that antitrust regulators will not be satisfied with this, with the US Department of Justice reportedly close to initiating legal proceedings against Apple.
Apple has take almost exactly the same stance in response to European antitrust legislation, and is again likely to face the wrath of regulators there.
Epic contests Apple’s compliance with App Store ruling
As soon as Apple announced its plans, Epic accused the company of bad faith, arguing that it was not in fact complying with the original court ruling. The company’s chief exec told us that it went against the entire intention of the judge’s decision.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney isn’t happy with the final terms and says the company will contest Apple’s “bad-faith compliance plan” […]
In a statement to 9to5Mac, Sweeney pointed out that Apple’s solution is “anticompetitive” since developers can’t offer digital items more cheaply on the web after having to pay both Apple and another platform.
Bloomberg reports that Epic has indeed filed an official complaint to this effect.
Apple Inc. hasn’t properly complied with a court order to open its App Store to allow outside payment options weeks after its bid to resist those changes hit a dead end, Epic Games Inc. told a judge […]
Epic said in a filing Tuesday that it “disputes Apple’s compliance” with previously ordered changes and said it will explain the “non-compliance” in a forthcoming filing. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
(While the Supreme Court decision means neither side can challenge the ruling itself, what Epic is doing here is claiming that Apple is not complying – which is a matter which will need to be settled in court.)
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