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Epic vs Apple order: Here’s why a US judge refused to grant Apple a stay

Apple’s decision to pull the Fortnite game from its App Store is what prompted Epic Games to file a lawsuit back in 2020.

Epic vs Apple judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers refused to grant Apple a stay on the order that requires the company to let developers add links to alternative payment options for in-app purchases. Currently, developers are required to use Apple's payment system and pay a 15 to 30 percent commission to the company. In the original order, issued on September 10, Rogers ruled in favor of Apple on 9 out of the 10 counts, but said that the company's anti-steering laws were in violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law, and issued an injunction saying the company cannot prohibit developers from " including in their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing." This injunction was set to go into effect on December 9, but Apple asked the…

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