Epic Games opposes Apple's appeal to pause trial orders in App Store case
- Apple was asked to allow developers to send their users to other payment systems
- The ruling was a partial win for app developers like Epic Games
- Apple was given a notice period until December 9 to comply with the new guidelines
Apple’s efforts to put on hold orders handed down in an antitrust trial was met with opposition on Friday by Epic Games, the creators of the popular online video game ‘Fortnite’. This has paved the way for a potentially lengthy appeals process to play out.
In September, a United States district judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers told Apply Inc to the rules of the maker’s devices built in App Store. The company was asked to allow developers to send their users to other payment systems.
It was a partial win for app creators like Epic since even now Apple Inc will be charging commission ranging from 15% to 30% for users using their own in-app payment systems.
Epic Games was not particularly pleased with the ruling and moved to appeal first.
Apple was given a notice period until December 9 to comply with the new guidelines but earlier this month the company’s response was that they will appeal the ruling.
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The judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers was asked to put the order on hold as the appeals process is ongoing. This could lead to the decision being put on hold for a duration of well over one year.
Epic’s argument in court on Friday was that the company (Apple) has not met the legal standards to be eligible for asking the ruling to be put on hold. This is because it has not been proven that the iPhone makers will face irreparable harm if they comply with the order on a temporary basis (keeping in mind that the injunction can be reversed on appeal).
Epic Games further argued that considering Apple’s positive comments following the ruling and a delay in asking for a pause is testament to the fact that the company will not be harmed ‘irreparably’ by enacting the orders.
Apple is yet to comment on the issue and a hearing on Apple’s request has been set for November 9.