Flipmemes has gathered that Apple would no longer stop developers from offering third party payments that avoid the fees that it charges for in-app purchases, according to the ruling of the judge in the Epic vs Apple case that has been delivered after several months of deliberations.
Also, Apple won’t be able to include external links that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms in addition to in-app purchasing, and developers can also communicate with customers through points of contact obtained voluntarily from customers through account registration.
Last year, Epic updated the Fortnite app with its own in-app payment system, bypassing Apple, and it was then removed from the App Store for violating its policies. This led to the antitrust lawsuit from Epic. A similar case is also set to take place against Google.
The court According to reports, did not find Apple to be a monopolist, and as noted in Protocol, Apple has emerged from the ruling largely unscathed, but with one of the central App Store policies banned. It does not seem to require Apple to directly allow other forms of payment, but developers can link to websites with cheaper offers, or the same price without having to pay Apple its fees.
Recall Over the course of the trial, which kicked off in May, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers questioned Apple CEO Tim Cook, and said the profits Apple reaps from game developers “appear to be disproportionate.” Cook responded that Apple’s online marketplace would become a toxic mess without control.