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Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers announced that Epic should pay 30 per cent of all revenue earned through its separate payment system since it was added. The total amount before the suit was £8.8 million but this figure does not include the amount earned while the suit was in progress. Epic will also need to pay interest on the amount owed.
In a statement on Twitter at the time, Epic’s CEO, Tim Sweeney, said “Today’s ruling isn’t a win for developers or for consumers. Epic is fighting for fair competition among in-app payment methods and app stores for a billion consumers.”
Today’s ruling isn't a win for developers or for consumers. Epic is fighting for fair competition among in-app payment methods and app stores for a billion consumers. https://t.co/cGTBxThnsP
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 10, 2021
Over the weekend, Epic Games filed a notice of appeal to the US Court of Appeals. According to Gamesindustry.biz, “the company plans to appeal “the final judgment… and all orders leading to or producing that judgment.”. That includes the permanent injunction preventing Apple from blocking links to external payment options although it’s uncertain why Epic Games is keen to do so, unless it’s to encourage stricter rulings in future.