Supreme Court Rejects Apple’s Appeal Against Giving Developers The Right To Offer Alternative Payment Methods On The App Store

The US Supreme Court just rejected the requests made by Apple and Epic Games in regards to a court ruling that forces Apple to give permission to App Store developers. This was linked to alternative means of payment for apps and services.

For now, there is no explanation or justification as to why the appeals were rejected in this manner but that means the old rule of Apple forcing developers to pay a 30% commission may not change. And that’s an outcry that has been arising from Epic since the start of 2020.

Apple generated its own appeal last year in September, where it requested to have the ruling reviewed because it felt that was against the nation’s constitution.

This case was first brought into the spotlight by Epic Games who challenged the plan in place by the iPhone maker. The latter is said to generate billions through its exclusive position. In May of last year, we saw the tech giant mention to developers how it managed to earn $1 trillion as a sum of billings made via the App Store in 2022. In-depth findings proved how gaming platforms generate close to $100 billion in profits every year.

While the Ninth Circuit ruled that Apple did go against the competition law set in place in the state of California, it failed to accept the terminology that Apple worked and behaved like a monopoly as accused by Epic Games.

Now, the latest on this front is how the SCOTUS will not review the appeal by Epic Games which it referred to as legal errors made by the court while considering the final decision.

Epic has for so long called out the iPhone maker for violating plenty of anti-trust laws via its business plan. But this is seriously concerning for Epic whose head mentioned on X how they were sad to see such an outcome prevail.

The leading gaming giant has been fighting for its developer's rights against Apple since the start of 2020. They felt the policy in place for charging a transaction fee was so wrong on many levels. Moreover, other firms like The New York Times and Spotify are working hard to challenge the company with similar claims too, adding Google to the list as well for taking in fees unlawfully from hard-working developers.

Meanwhile, the Coalition for App Fairness which features close to 60 different firms added how strongly it felt that developers did not need to use the App Store on an exclusive basis. And so from what we can see now, the lawsuit by Epic is just the start of a fierce battle and the number of problems that might be piling up for the iPhone maker is not going to end anytime soon.

Remember, the company is getting served a lawsuit by the US DOJ soon which has made antitrust claims against it. This is after going through rounds of investigation about how the firm used its power to kill competition surrounding it.

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