Epic Games Takes Battle with Apple to US Supreme Court, Aims to Challenge App Store Policies
Fortnite Creator Appeals 2021 Ruling; Supreme Court Could Impact Apple's Revenue Model
In a significant legal development, Epic Games has petitioned the United States Supreme Court to reconsider a 2021 ruling that absolved Apple of antitrust violations, as reported by Bloomberg. Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, had previously asserted that Apple violated California’s Unfair Competition law by imposing restrictions within the App Store that prevented developers from guiding users to third-party payment systems.
The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had, in April, upheld the 2021 decision, acknowledging that Apple’s practices had a “substantial anticompetitive effect that harms consumers.” However, it concluded that these actions did not meet the threshold for an antitrust case.