TECH CRUNCH - A judge this morning issued a ruling in California's Epic Games v. Apple case, siding with the Fortnite maker on the topic of third-party payments. Effectively, Apple cannot prohibit developers from adding links for alternative payments beyond Apple's App Store-based monetization. The ruling notes:
- Apple... are permanently restrained...from prohibiting developers from...including...external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing....
- Also, in S.Korea, a new law forced Apple & Google to allow developers to use their own third-party payment systems.
- Apple will have to adjust its rules. It could choose to require apps to include Apple's own in-app payments option as an option, for example.
Mark Brooks: This is huge news for dating and social apps of course. Apple will surely appeal, but hopefully this judgement will stand and consumers will be able to enjoy more payment options, albeit at the cost of some inconvenience. Hopefully Apple and Google will be compelled to become more competitve in this new reality. What do you think? Please comment below.