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Apple's app store sham

by on14 March 2024

Epic Games calls out tech giant's 'blatant violation'"

Epic Games, the brains behind the video game "Fortnite," has had a right go at Apple, accusing them of breaking an injunction that governs their money-spinning App Store.

They've even asked a US judge to hold Apple in contempt and put an end to their "sham" compliance.

In September 2021, US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California, allowed developers to provide links and buttons that direct consumers to other ways to pay for digital content.

But Epic reckons Apple is in "blatant violation" of that injunction, despite the Cupertino, California-based company's claim in a 16 January court notice that it had "fully complied."

Epic says Apple has imposed new rules and a new 27-cent fee (that's about €0.25 at the current exchange rate) on developers for some purchases, which together make the links "commercially unusable."

The North Carolina-based developer also says Apple continues to "categorically prohibit" buttons and still bans some apps from telling users they have other purchasing options. It's all a bit of a mess.

Last modified on 14 March 2024
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