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Why Apple Didn’t Lose in the Epic Games Ruling


The ruling set off celebrations among developers who said the ruling would allow them to avoid Apple's 30 percent commission on in-app purchases.

Conversely, so did Apple. That suggests that much of the coverage over the weekend about the ruling representing a meaningful setback to the tech giant, whose shares fell on the news, should be taken with a grain of salt. It's also telling that Epic filed an appeal against the decision yesterday.

Epic sued Apple in August last year, after the iPhone maker removed Epic's popular game Fortnite from its app store. ~ Epic, in its suit, said Apple violated antitrust laws by forcing developers to use its payment system and forbidding them from telling app users about alternative ways to pay. ~ "While the Court finds that Apple enjoys considerable market share of over 55% and extraordinarily high profit margins, these factors alone do not show antitrust conduct". ~ She said that Apple's policy against steering, by forcing developers to withhold information from consumers, was anticompetitive under California state law, and therefore should not be allowed, not just within the state, but anywhere.

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