How Epic Games Made a Dent in Apple’s App Store Domination | The New Yorker

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Epic released a mobile version of Fortnite last August. To upload funds into player wallets, users could either pay $9.99 directly through the Apple App Store or $7.99 through a new option called “Epic direct payment”. This was an intentional and blatant violation of Apple’s in-app purchase rules. Epic hoped that Apple would remove them from the App Store, which they did, opening them up to antitrust suits based on anticompetitive behavior. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled against Apple and Google, who removed Fortnite from its store for the same reason, in a victory for developers who don’t wish to give Apple a cut of their profits.



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