Judge Rogers issued a verdict in this high-profile trial on Friday and also issued a prohibition order that will no longer allow Apple to prohibit developers from providing links that lead users to leave Apple’s in-app purchases. Apple usually takes 15 to 30% commissions from total sales. The ban will resolve long-standing complaints from developers and increase the likelihood that developers may direct their users to their websites to subscribe or purchase digital content. In other words, the sales amount of Apple’s App Store is likely to be greatly affected. Data shows that the turnover of the App Store in 2020 is estimated to be $64 billion.
Judge Rogers believes that the court’s decision pointed out that Apple’s “no guidance” clause hides key information from consumers and illegally stifles consumers’ choices. Coupled with Apple’s initial antitrust violations, these terms are considered anti-competitive. However, Judge Rogers also pointed out that Apple is not a monopoly, because success is not illegal in itself.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said on Twitter that today’s verdict is not a victory for developers and consumers. Epic is providing in-app payment methods for 1 billion consumers and between app stores. Fight for fair competition.
Judge Rogers stated that he does not believe that Epic Games and Apple’s explanation of the dominant market framework is correct, and that it is a “digital mobile game transaction”, not all iPhone apps claimed by Epic Games, nor all video games claimed by Apple.