Apple Begins Epic Games Fortnite Appeal, Calls for Time on Court-Ordered App Store Changes
Apple on Friday began appealing a ruling by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in its.
The two companies wereon the functioning of the App Store for iPhone and iPad, which led to a lawsuit in which Rogers ruled largely in favor of Apple. It did, however, make a ruling that Apple should allow app developers to add buttons, links, and other information to , potentially bypassing Apple’s built-in payment systems and fees of up to 30% charged by the tech giant. Apple said in its filing on Friday that the move could harm itself and its customers, and requested that Apple be allowed to continue operating as usual during the appeal.
Delaying the judge’s ruling coming into effect, Apple said in its case, would allow Apple to “protect consumers and protect its platform while the company resolves complex legal, technological and economic issues and rapid development “.
Apple in September called the judge’s decision a “huge victory”. Epic declined to comment.
Apple’s filing marks the latest twist in its ongoing legal battle over its iPhone and iPad App Store. Apple only allows downloading of apps for iPhone and iPad through its App Store, which initially launched in 2008. Epic, which makes the best-selling online fighting game Fortnite, sued Apple last year, claiming control over the App Store, and its rules. this, violate antitrust laws.
Rogers, in its ruling last month, said Epic had failed to make its case, but it also criticized Apple’s business practices. “Common threads run through Apple’s practices that unreasonably restrict competition and harm consumers,” she writes.. Epic has since . During this time, , apparently because Epic violated its development policies.
Apple has requested a hearing on November 16 to discuss its delay request. Epic, meanwhile, is expected to start arguing for his appeal in December.