Judge claims while it bypassed Apple's payment scheme in Fortnite, Epic was 'not honest'

A proceeding was held at the request of Epic for an injunction against the withdrawal of Fortnite from the iOS App Store by Apple.

Judge claims while it bypassed Apple's payment scheme in Fortnite, Epic was 'not honest'

The with the hearing of Epic's appeal for an appeal against Apple's decision to delete Fortnite from either the iOS App Store, the judicial conflict between Epic Games and Apple moved a further step forward last. A judgement on that petition was not made, but this doesn't look like it was a particularly good day with Epic: as stated by CNN, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers became dismissive of the conduct of Epic leading up to that lawsuit, claiming that when it launched the Fortnite update that allowed users to circumvent the payment system of Apple, the company were 'not honest.' The judge also seems to indicate that the behaviour of Epic possibly helps justify the protection of Apple's policies in the App Store as a means of shielding users against malicious apps. That's the problem with defence. This is the issue of defence! "She said." There are a large number of people in the public who, with the what okay guys have done, consider people guys heroes, but it's not truthful yet.

The judge was also "not especially convinced" by Epic's claim that requiring developers to use the in-app payment platform of Apple leads to illegal "tying," a type of repackaging that allows clients who want to purchase a specific product to afford something else as well. However, Judge Gonzalez Rogers said she did not see the throughout-app payments as "a distinct and different commodity," but if that opinion holds in the final decision, this will remove the monopoly regulation framework. She also dismissed Epic's assertion that it was affected by withdrawing Fortnite from the App Store since iOS players have so many other ways to have the game. For decades, walled gardens have existed, "the judge said." Nintendo had a walled garden. Sony has a walled garden there. Microsoft had a garden with walls. Not really much different from what Apple is doing ... The economics of the business, to do what they're asking them to do, are difficult to ignore.

In that meantime, Apple described Epic CEO Tim Sweeney as other developers' Pied Piper, claiming he needs them to cheat, break [they're] agreement & sneak into apps to circumvent app review.  For Epic, this isn't a loss, yet it's not a rolling start either, but yet the decision on Epic's request for an injunction works out because she offered no time period for when it will be delivered, the judge seems not to be in any rush to make it. She also said she would like the actual complaint to be heard before a jury, and warned that perhaps the case would possibly not go to trial until July 2021 due to various her schedule.

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