Apple on Friday appealed the verdict of a federal judge in a legal battle with Fortnight maker Epic Games over the control of the App Store. Apple Corps’ Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for San Francisco
The judge ordered Apple to relax controls on its App Store payment options, but Epic said it could not prove any hopeless violations.
Epic filed its own appeal last month.
“We will fight,” Epic CEO Tim Sweeney tweeted when the company confirmed plans to compete in the verdict.
A few days after Gonzalez-Rogers’ ruling, Apple said it was “very happy” with the decision, but that it had opened the door to appeal.
In so-called bench hearings, the judges hear the witnesses and decide a verdict.
Epic launched the lawsuit with the aim of breaking Apple’s grip on the App Store, accusing the iPhone maker of monopolizing its store for digital goods or services.
“For me, the judge made it clear that they were not engaging in monopoly behavior, which was a success for Apple,” said Carolina Milanese, a creative strategies analyst after the verdict.
“I don’t think this is a problem for Apple in terms of revenue.”
The judge barred developers from including in their applications “mechanisms that lead customers to external connections or other calling operations.”
Apple may even force its payment systems to be used for utility transactions.