Apple’s request to postpone the introduction of third-party payment options has been denied by a US Bankruptcy Court. Apple failed to show why it would be in their best interest not to allow such services, and now is forced into an unknown future without any defenses against bad actors on its platform.
Welcome to the ongoing fallout from the Epic/Apple legal battle. When we last left off, Apple was attempting to delay the acceptance of third-party payment methods until it had completed the appeals process, presumably because appealing the verdict would be much more difficult if the business is forced to embrace the anti-steering restrictions. Unfortunately for Apple, the court refused its plea, and the original December 9th deadline remains in effect, forcing the corporation to accept third-party payments as planned.
Epic obtained the anti-steering injunction in its case against Apple, effectively banning Apple from pushing all transactions via its app store and enabling game creators to direct players to another site for discounts or purchases. Apple has until December 9th to comply with the verdict, but has said that it plans to appeal the decision, as well as stating that Epic’s Fortnite would not be returning to the app store anytime soon.
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