Apple vs Epic Games: iPhone Maker Wants Court To Overturn ‘Bad’ Fortnite Claims

Apple Inc. urged a federal appeals court to uphold a judge’s ruling that largely justified its business model, which charges developers for App Store transactions.

Apple Inc. urged a federal appeals court to uphold a judge’s ruling that largely justified its business model, which charges developers fees for App Store transactions. The iPhone maker argued Thursday that Fortnite maker Epic Games Inc. has not provided evidence to support its claim that Apple’s marketplace for app distribution is a monopoly.

Apple said a judge in Oakland, California, in September, after a trial, correctly concluded that the App Store’s rules and regulations do not violate federal antitrust law.

The battle between the two companies started in 2020 after Apple removed the Fortnite game from the App Store because Epic came up with a workaround to pay a 30% fee for customer in-app purchases.

The tech giant also asked the appeals court to reverse part of the September ruling that fell through. Apple was found to have engaged in anti-competitive conduct under California law and ordered to allow app and game developers to direct consumers to third-party payment methods on the Internet. The order is on hold while the appeal is being processed.

The San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has previously ruled that “if conduct is not anticompetitive under antitrust laws, it is not unfair under” California’s unfair competition law, Apple said in its filing.

Epic did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Apple’s submission.

The case is Epic Games Inc. v. Apple Inc., 21-16695, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (San Francisco).

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