Epic Games may have ultimately won what it wanted and proven its ethical point, but they lost milions in a judgment that compels them to pay Apple for the time they were collecting sales through a third party payment gateway while they were still in the Apple App Store, in violation of the contract and terms of service.
But the judge ruled also that Apple, while they could collect from Epic for violating the contract as it was, can no longer, going forward, restrict developers from selling their apps through third-party payment gateways. One doubts Apple will let Epic back on its platform anytime soon, so Epic will not benefit from a ruling that now enables all other developers to do what Epic paid a hundreds-millions price for doing.
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers handed down a decision in a closely-watched trial between Apple and Epic Games on Friday.
Rogers issued an injunction that said that Apple will no longer be allowed to prohibit developers from providing links or other communications that direct users away from Apple in-app purchasing, of which it takes 15% to 30% of gross sales.