We know the Epic v. Apple case isn’t completely over despite the ruling, as both sides plan to appeal, but this latest move – from no less than 35 states – is a bit of a stir.
Epic sues Apple began in 2020 when Epic used Fortnite as a pawn in its pre-planned campaign to force platforms like Apple and Google to allow it to bypass their favorable protectionist policies that blocked the direct third party payments. The result is Fortnite platform ban and an antitrust lawsuit, which concluded not to declare Apple a monopolist but found that it engaged in anticompetitive practices and original antitrust violations under California competition law. As a result, Apple has been banned from blocking third-party purchasing mechanisms since last December. Neither Epic nor Apple are happy with the result.
But Epic can now smile, as attorneys general from 35 states and the US Department of Justice, as well as a host of academics, consumer advocates and Microsoft, have filed arguments in favor of Epic’s appeal, alleging that the judge misapplied the Sherman Act. The Department of Justice stated: “The district court made a number of legal errors that could affect effective antitrust enforcement, particularly in the digital economy. Apple, which will respond this spring, says it believes Epic will fail.
As we noted earlier this week, The game developers have given a lot of support to Epic according to the annual GDC poll.
https://massivelyop.com/2022/01/28/35-states-and-the-us-justice-department-back-epics-appeal-in-epic-v-apple-lawsuit/ 35 states and US Department of Justice oppose Epic’s appeal in Epic v. Apple lawsuit