Epic Games: Apple Is ‘Appealing’ $25M Court Decision and App Store Rulings.

A federal judge ruled in April that Apple was not a monopoly when rendering the court’s decision on Epic Games v. Apple. However, Apple did lose ground in one respect: the type of rules it may impose on its App Store.

Apple was instructed to modify its App Store rules to allow developers to include external links and other calls to action inside their apps that could lead customers to alternative purchasing options beyond in-app purchases.

This is in line with other settlements Apple has reached both domestically and internationally, such as one with a Japanese regulator that modified its policy for ‘reader apps,’ allowing them to include a link to their website inside their applications. South Korea also passed legislation that would prevent Apple and Google from requiring developers to utilize the in-app purchasing system.

The Epic Games case, on the other hand, required Apple to put in place the new regulations within 90 days of the court’s decision on September 10, 2021. Some in the industry were already taking steps to take advantage of that opportunity.

If Apple wins the stay, the early December deadline to follow the injunction will be thrown out as the appeal process plays out.

Apple won nearly every category in the Epic Games war except for one minor point regarding its ‘anti-steering’ regulations.

Epic Games was dissatisfied with the original decision from the court, which ruled that Apple’s success was ‘not illegal,’ so it appealed to the higher appeal court.

Outside the courtroom, the battle between the two tech giants rages on. Last week, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney wrote on Twitter that Apple was promoting its own apps via its platform in the iPhone’s Settings menu — effectively an ad slot third-party competitors didn’t have access to, according to him.