Despite the victory of Epic, which obtained a relaxation of the rules of the online stores of Google and Apple, the Apple could finally turn the court decision to its advantage.
It is arguably one of the most publicized lawsuits of recent years for the tech giants. While Google and Apple had always taken a substantial commission (up to 30%) on purchases that passed through their online stores, Epic Games questioned the situation several months ago. By trying to bypass Apple’s payment systems, then by filing a complaint against GAFAM, the development studio is now resisting, in the face of web giants who levy an abusive tax on its employees, while making cannot use third-party payment platforms.
Bitter-tasting victory for Epic
Following a lawsuit opposing Epic and the Coalition for App Fairness to the web giants, Epic finally won its case: if Apple will not ultimately be sanctioned for its hegemonic position, the company should in the future to show more flexible on third-party payments that pass through its platform, thus allowing those who wish it to free themselves from its heavy commission, and its services.
But the Apple obviously has more than one trick up its sleeve. While Epic’s half-hearted victory already provided a bitter aftertaste for rights defenders, Apple may have found a loophole to continue to tax developers who want to exist on iPhone, even without going through the App Store.
It must be said that the decision initiated by Epic has pushed many other companies to consider a future relieved of the tax from Apple and Google. For their part too, the owners of online stores have been forced to review their policy, starting with Microsoft, which has completely opened its virtual store for the benefit of developers.
While Apple has already taken a few steps forward to satisfy justice, 9to5Mac reports that the American company could continue to collect a tax on transactions, even carried out outside its App Store. Indeed, the Apple would still be able to receive a tax on applications that have been installed from its App Store. A loophole that would nullify the decision of American regulators in favor of Epic, unless you force Apple to allow the downloading of applications outside its store, which is unthinkable for the moment.
The Apple, however, appealed the court decision in favor of Epic Games. Remember also that in some countries, such as South Korea, Google and Apple are legally obliged to authorize third-party payment systems in applications distributed on their stores.