Judge Says Apple Has To Allow Third-Party Payment Systems for Developers

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Apple  (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. (AAPL) Report has to allow developers to direct customers to third-party payment systems.

In Apple Vs. Epic Games trial, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers handed down the decision on Friday. 

Apple won 9 out of 10 counts but was found to conduct anti-competitive practices under California law. This ruling will force Apple to change its App Store policies.

Rogers ordered an injunction where Apple is “permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from including in their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing…”

In the full ruling, Judge Gonzalez-Rogers said that the court cannot ultimately conclude that Apple is a monopolist under either federal or state antitrust laws.

The two companies came at odds in August 2020 when Epic Games installed an alternative payment system for its popular game Fortnite. In response, Apple kicked Fornite out from its App Store, which was a tipping point to start a legal battle.

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said that ruling "isn't a win for developers or for consumers."

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