US court rules Apple must ease in-app purchase rules

19:15, 11 September 2021
US court rules Apple must ease in-app purchase rules Photo: imago stock&people

A US judge ruled that Apple must change its in-app purchases policy following the tech giant's lawsuit against several companies including the publisher of the popular Fortnite video game Epic Games.

From now on Apple will not be able restrain app developers from including in-app links that will allow users to pay through other payment systems.

Apple’s payment system has drawn a lot of criticism as it installed an additional 30% fee above all in-app prices, however it claims that there is nothing wrong with tha. 

"Apple faces rigorous competition in every segment in which we do business, and we believe customers and developers choose us because our products and services are the best in the world," the company said in its statement.

Epic Games on the other hand pursued legal action against Apple due to the company’s monopolistic behavior. 

During the last 2 years Apple made over $100 million from Epic Games’ Fortnite thanks to its high fees.

However US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez said that Epic Games did not provide sufficient evidence to prove its claims.

Apple’s actions cannot be named as “anticompetitive conduct” under California law he ruled.

Following the judge’s decision Epic Games said that they will appeal once more.

Earlier it was reported that he technological giant Apple has fired the manager of a senior engineering program Ashley Gjøvik after she accused the company of harassment, surveillance, and bad workplace safety conditions.