As part of his last week, judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ordered Epic Games to compensate Apple for the loss of revenue when it first added a direct payment system to Fortnite. An order launched by Epic Games must pay 30 percent of all revenue that Fortnite generated from the iOS App Store after adding the direct payment system.
To comply with that order, Epic Games has now paid Apple $ 6 million in copyright.
Epic Games managed to raise $ 12 million, or $ 12,167,719 to be exact, when it circumvented the App Store regulations and added a direct purchase system to Fortnite in the V-dollar purchase app. According to the court order, Epic was forced to pay 30 percent of the $ 12 million in revenue that Fortnite generated between August 2020 and October 2020, with 30 percent of the revenue generated from November to the judgment date plus interest.
Epic paid Apple $ 6,000,000 on a court order. pic.twitter.com/trulCfjE9S
– Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 13, 2021
Epic Games will appeal this decision, and if it manages to win the case, Apple will be forced to return its money. Despite Apple’s lawyers calling it a “huge win” because they won nine out of ten points, the company will lose the most because Judge Gonzalez ruled that the company must allow alternative payment systems in the App Store for IAPs. Basically, Apple is forced to change the iOS App Store forever.
Apple has not yet decided whether to challenge the verdict or not. The ruling also poses a challenge to the Justice Department’s investigation into Apple App Store practices.
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