Rallying behind Epic Games, 35 US states on January 27 filed an amicus brief in support of the Fortnite-maker in its appeal against the Epic vs Apple ruling at the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. "Apple’s conduct has harmed and is harming mobile app developers and millions of citizens. [...] Meanwhile Apple continues to monopolize app distribution and in-app payment solutions for iPhones, stifle competition, and amass supracompetitive profits within the almost trillion-dollar-a-year smartphone industry. Apple must account for its conduct." – Amicus Brief filed by the US States Epic in August 2020 took Apple to court arguing that the company has a monopoly in the iOS app market, which allows it to charge developers a high commission rate and prevent developers from using alternative, non-Apple payment systems. However, in September last year, US district judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled in favour of Apple on 9 out of the 10 counts and said that only the company’s anti-steering laws were in violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law, for which an injunction requiring the company to let developers add alternative payment systems for in-app purchases was issued. Both Apple and Epic appealed the ruling. This support from 35 US states comes at a time when the Apple App Store is subject to multiple investigations and regulatory battles around the world. Back home, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on 31 December 2021 ordered a detailed investigation into Apple after noting that there is prima facie evidence of the company abusing its dominance in the…
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