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Apple earns favorable Supreme Court ruling against Epic Games

TL;DR

  • Apple has earned a temporary ruling granted by the Supreme Court against Epic Games.
  • App Store rules remain intact as the legal tussle continues.

In a significant twist in the prolonged legal clash between Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, and tech giant Apple, a U.S. Supreme Court justice has intervened to temporarily suspend a ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The move provides Apple with the opportunity to appeal the decision to the highest court and enables the company to uphold its current App Store regulations, which restrict iOS apps from offering users access to external payment methods or marketplaces.

Supreme Court suspends Court of Appeals ruling

The postponement, initiated by Justice Elena Kagan, offers Apple an extension to file its appeal without the immediate implementation of the Ninth Circuit’s judgment. While Kagan did not furnish a reason for the delay, this respite grants Apple time to present its case before the Supreme Court. The Ninth Circuit’s ruling, issued in April, found Apple in violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law by disallowing iOS apps to present users with alternative payment options beyond the company’s proprietary in-app purchase mechanisms.

This setup permits Apple to retain a substantial 30% share of all transactions processed through its platform. Though the appellate court mandated that Apple must permit developers to establish links to external websites, it simultaneously upheld Apple’s right to sustain its contentious 30% in-app purchase fee. This outcome marked a partial victory for Epic Games, a staunch critic of Apple’s App Store policies, which had previously witnessed the removal of its Fortnite iOS app from the store.

Apple’s App Store rules remain intact as the legal tussle continues

The fate of the Ninth Circuit’s decision rests on Apple’s forthcoming appeal to the Supreme Court. Should the company opt not to file an appeal or should the appeal be rejected, the Ninth Circuit’s verdict will eventually become enforceable. The financial implications of Apple’s stringent App Store regulations loom large, as the company reaps billions of dollars from its share of transaction revenue. If compelled to permit developers to link to their marketplaces, including platforms such as Epic’s Epic Game Store or NFT marketplaces like OpenSea, the firm’s revenue from the App Store could face substantial diminishment.

The firm’s stance on NFT sales has also been restrictive, prohibiting the use of NFTs acquired from external sources to unlock exclusive in-app content. As the legal saga unfolds, the implications for mobile games employing NFTs and cryptocurrency tokens remain in question. Presently, applications are unable to direct users to external marketplaces, adhering to Apple’s established rules. A favorable outcome for Epic Games in the Supreme Court could usher in a new era, enabling apps to link to external NFT marketplaces and bypass the 30% fee.

However, the use of NFTs as a means to unlock in-app content would likely remain excluded. In the interim, mobile gamers seeking NFT-related experiences may find solace in Google’s Play Store or Epic Games’ growing selection of blockchain-powered games. As the legal and regulatory landscape continues to evolve, the future of mobile gaming, NFTs, and the broader app marketplace is poised for transformation.

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