Epic Games challenged the Apple’s policy of up to 30% cut Apple takes in purchased and claimed that Apple play monopolist role.
With the acknowledgment of the same and after reviewing the details, Court of Oakland, California decision did not give decision in favour of Apple.
Apple had claimed the app users to use Apple’s own in app payment options. However, On Friday, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers ruled that “the court cannot ultimately conclude that Apple is a monopolist”.
Furthermore, she also, issued a permanent injunction, stating that Apple could no longer prohibit developers linking to their own purchasing mechanisms.
Considering the result, Apple cannot stop app developers directing users to third-party payment options which blew its ongoing trial against Fortnite-maker Epic Games.
During the trails, judge also pointed out extraordinary profit margins and revealed that Apple enjoys considerable market share of over 55% and extraordinary high profit margins.” But at the same it, she added “These factors alone do not show antitrust conduct. Success is not illegal.”
APPLE’S RESPONSE TO COURT
To justify the profit margins and apple’s success, company didn’t hesitate to state that, Today the Court has affirmed what we’ve known all along: the App Store is not in violation of antitrust law.
“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.”
Moreover, During the trial, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said he didn’t know how much the company generates from the App Store.
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Considering the claims and responses between the court and Apple, many believe that now these decisions can disturb the Apple’s business model overall as 70% of Apple’s App Store revenue comes from gaming apps.