Epic Games fines Apple $ 6 million

Epic Games fines Apple $ 6 million

Epic Games and Apple argued in court for months - and now judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has passed a first judgment last week that provides for a penalty for the Fortnite makers. Accordingly, Epic Games has to pay a total of 6 million US dollars to the iPhone manufacturer. The introduction of a separate payment method in the mobile version of the battle royale shooter violated the guidelines of the app store. Now Epic Games has to give part of the revenue to Apple.

This is 30% of the revenue that was made through the direct payment method in Fortnite. Specifically, that's 30% of the $ 12 million generated between August 2020 and October 2020 - and 30% of revenue from November 1, 2020 to the day of the court ruling. Tim Sweeney (CEO of Epic Games) announced via Twitter that the payment to Apple has already been made. However, the company is not really happy with the outcome of the negotiation.

Epic Games has introduced the direct payment method in Fortnite in order not to have to give up any commission (30% of all sales) to Apple. Incidentally, the shooter was also removed from the Google Play Store after the update. According to the ruling, Apple must now allow external links in apps that developers can use to refer to other payment methods - however, the transaction may not be processed directly in the app.

Epic Games appeals

An end to the dispute between Apple and Epic Games is not yet in sight. As expected, the Fortnite makers have appealed, which will continue the dispute in the future. However, there is no date for the next hearing. Because Epic Games has violated the guidelines of the App Store, Apple can still prohibit a return from Fortnite.

via Wccftech