Epic Games paid Apple $ 6,000,000 in royalties today, picEpic Games CEO Tim Sweeney announced on Twitter. As part of a ruling in the ongoing legal battle of Epic against Apple, a court last week ordered Epic to pay 30 percent of the revenue it collected from the Fortnite app using its unauthorized direct payment option.
At the very beginning of the dispute between Epic and Apple, Epic added the option of direct purchase to the Fortnite application, bypassing Apple’s rules of purchase within the application. This violation of Apple’s App Store guidelines prompted Apple to withdraw Fortnite from the App Store, and immediately after that Epic filed its pre-planned lawsuit.
Although Apple removed Fortnite from the “App Store” shortly after Epic violated the rules of in-app purchases, “Epic Games” was still able to charge customers who had already installed the app and were actively using it. In the period in which the app was available before the Fortnite update that made it unusable, Fortnite earned $ 12,167,719.
Epic Games was forced to pay 30 percent of the total $ 12 million collected between August 2020 and October 2020, plus 30 percent of the revenue collected from November 1, 2020 to the judgment date, with interest, where the fee is $ 6 million dollars.
In last week’s verdict, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers found that Apple has no monopoly on mobile games, and the lawsuit went largely in Apple’s favor. Apple has been ordered to allow developers to add “buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct users to purchase mechanisms,” which will allow developers to provide payment options in their apps other than in-app purchases.
Apple’s lawyers called the verdict a “huge victory” that confirms the “App Store” business model, but “Epics Games” was not satisfied with the outcome. In a tweet, Sweeney said the verdict is not a “win for developers or consumers” and that Epic will continue to “fight for fair competition among payment methods through apps and app stores for a billion consumers.”
He also said that Fortnite will not return to the “App Store” in the near future. “Fortnite will return to the iOS‘ App Store ’when and where Epic can offer in-app payments in fair competition with Apple’s in-app payments, passing on savings to consumers,” he wrote.
Over the weekend, picEpic Games appealed the verdict, so the dispute between the two companies is not far from over. Apple has yet to decide whether it wants to appeal parts of the verdict or not.
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