April 19, 2024
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How California Court’s Ruling Saying Apple Can’t Ban Outside Payments Is a Win for Cryptos and NFTs

Monday, April 24, a California court ruled that the tech giant Apple could no longer ban app developers from using in-app payment methods other than its own.

With this verdict, the court sustained the appeal brought by “Fortnite” creator Epic Games in 2021 in an antitrust case. Back then, Epic Games sought Apple’s approval to allow developers access to third-party in-app payment methods and avoid paying the 30% commission to the company.

Federal judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled that Apple’s restriction harmed Epic. It is because Apple’s policy shot up the costs of Epic’s subsidiary apps available on the app store, and its ban on outside payments stifled competition and forced developers to use Apple’s payment system. 

The federal judge further said that Apple should allow buttons and links to third-party payment options. However, unlike authorities in other countries, the judge did not give instructions on how Apple should allow those buttons and links.

The founder and chief executive of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, tweeted after the ruling saying it “frees iOS developers” by allowing them to direct customers to alternative payment methods.

The decision might pave the way for cryptocurrency and non-fungible token (NFT) projects to add more features and functionality to their iOS apps. This way, developers will enjoy more freedom to develop and distribute crypto-related apps and NFTs without worrying about Apple’s ban.

The ruling could hurt Apple’s business model, which depends mainly on commissions from in-app purchases. The verdict has also highlighted the ongoing tug-of-war between tech giants and developers over control of the iOS apps. 

Although Apple has already announced that it will appeal against the ruling, it did not say whether it planned to appeal to the 9th Circuit before a larger group of judges or to the US Supreme Court. The company has to file its appeal within 14 days.

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