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Sep 10, 2021

Judge rules in Epic vs Apple case that Apple can't prohibit app developers from linking to external purchasing options.
The ruling says that Apple can't prevent developers from adding links that circumvent Apple's in-app purchase system (where Apple takes a 30% cut). Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers also ruled that Apple can't prevent developers from using email addresses obtained within apps to communicate with customers. In a separate judgment, the court said that Epic was in breach of its contract with Apple when it implemented the alternative payment system in Fortnite. As a result, Epic must pay Apple 30% of all revenue collected since it was implemented, more than $3.5M. Epic wanted broader restrictions, hoping to be able to directly charge players within the game for items without having to pay Apple's commission, but the judge ruled they still can't do that. Link

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