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Epic Games argues Apple breached App Store injunction, wants contempt order

Fortnite game symbol is seen on a smartphone in front of Apple logo in this illustration shot May 2, 2021

March 13 (mod1s) - Epic Games, which develops the popular video game "Fortnite," on Wednesday accused Apple (AAPL.O), opens new tab of breaching an order restricting its profitable App Store, and requested a U.S. court to punish Apple in contempt and cease its "sham" compliance. 

The businesses have been litigating in court since 2020, when Epic charged Apple of breaking antitrust law by mandating customers to buy applications via its App Store, where it charges app developers up to 30% commissions on in-app sales.

A September 2021 injunction by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California, enabled developers post links and buttons that guide users to alternate methods to pay for digital entertainment. 

In a petition with the California court, Epic stated that Apple is in "blatant violation" of that order, despite the Cupertino, California-based company's guarantee in a Jan. 16 court notification that it has "fully complied."

Epic claimed Apple had placed additional regulations and a new 27% charge on developers for specific sales, which put together render the connections "commercially unusable." 

The Cary, North Carolina-based developer also stated Apple continues to "categorically prohibit" buttons, and still prevents certain applications from alerting customers they have alternative purchase choices. 

"Apple's goal is clear: to prevent purchasing alternatives from constraining the supracompetitive fees it collects on purchases of digital goods and services," Epic stated. "Apple's so-called compliance is a sham."

In response to requests for comment, Apple linked to its Jan. 16 notice, where it stated the injunction would safeguard users and "the integrity of Apple's ecosystem," while ensuring that developers do not receive a free ride on its platform. 

Apple has until April 3 to officially react to Epic's complaint. 

Last week, Apple momentarily intensified the conflict by barring Epic from opening its own online shop on iPhones and iPads in Europe, before backing down two days later.

In January, the U.S. Supreme Court chose not to consider Epic's appeal of lower court judgments that Apple's practices did not violate federal antitrust law. The court also opted against hearing Apple's own appeal from the injunction. 

The case is Epic Games Inc v Apple Inc, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 20-05640.


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