Today's court decision, the first binding decision in a lawsuit filed by Epic Games against Apple in mid-August, holds favorable and unfavorable clauses for both parties involved. The lawsuit, which fundamentally shook the video game industry, especially the mobile gaming industry, came after Apple and Google banned Epic Games ’popular game, Fortnite, from their respective app marketplaces for giving Epic the in-game currency, V-bucks.
In a lawsuit against Apple, Epic sought immediate legal protection, that is, it asked the judge hearing the case to ban Apple from the allegedly illegal activity until a final verdict is reached, that is, for several years. Yvonne Gonzales Rogers, the appointed judge of the competent district court, finally granted this request only partially yesterday, when she ordered Apple not to stand in the way of the development of the Unreal engine, as it would significantly harm third-party interests with an unreasonably severe penalty.
Given that the substantive negotiation phase has not yet begun and the parties do not expect it to begin within six months, all this means that Fortnite will certainly not return to the App Store for a long time, which is why iOS users of the game over time, they will be forced to choose another platform if they try out the new seasons of the game.
Gellert is Technology Editor at Counting News Media and contributor at other major tech publications. Her interests includes testing new gadgets and reading.