Apple ordered to allow external payment in court case against Epic Games

16:46, 10 November 2021
Apple ordered to allow external payment in court case against Epic Games Photo: John Nacion/Keystone Press Agency

Apple has asked for time to modify its system and will appeal against the ruling.

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in charge of Epic v Apple trial has commanded that Apple Inc must allow app developers to use external payment options by December 9. The announcement was made during a hearing this Tuesday.

The judge has also denied Apple’s request for a stay as the company required a delay to appeal against the decision.

“Apple’s motion is based on a selective reading of this Court’s findings and ignores all of the findings which supported the injunction,” the court records say.

Epic Games has praised the judge’s refusal to delay the changes highlighting that California-based enterprise had no commitment to change.

“Apple does nothing unless it is forced to do it,” its attorney Gary Bornstein said.

Epic filed an antitrust lawsuit against the second largest company in the world in 2020 and the trial was launched this year. Fortnite developer demanded that Apple insert means of payment other than that of the iOS App Store.

“This will be the first time Apple has ever allowed live links in an app for digital content. It’s going to take months to figure out the engineering, economic, business, and other issues,” said Apple’s lawyer Mark Perry during an online conference.

Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’s ruling comes after her September decision when she said that Apple did not violate competition rules after it had eliminated Epic’s Fortnite from its App Store. However, she made Apple remove some of its anti-steering rules, for instance, allowing app developers to contact users directly via e-mails.