Judge rules in Fortnite case that Apple must make App Store changes

A federal judge’s long-awaited ruling in Epic Games’ antitrust lawsuit against Apple gave both sides opportunities to claim wins.

Driving the news: The ruling, delivered Friday morning, requires Apple to let Epic, and other developers, tell users about alternative payment mechanisms and to link out to their own transaction systems.

Yes, but: Federal District Court judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled that Epic “”failed in its burden to demonstrate Apple is an illegal monopolist” and is not entitled to other remedies it sought.

The big picture: That means Apple gets to keep its system of taking commissions of up to 30% on transactions in its mobile App Store. Apple can also continue to prevent app developers from setting up rival app stores or alternative payment systems that operate inside apps distributed via Apple’s store.

What they’re saying: ““Today the Court has affirmed what we’ve known all along: the App Store is not in violation of antitrust law,” Apple said in a statement. “As the Court recognized ‘success is not illegal.’ “

What’s next: Observers expect either or both parties to appeal the decision, which would likely put the judge’s order on hold.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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