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Epic Games paid Apple $6 million in commissions from sales bypassing the App Store

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Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney told On Twitter that the company paid Apple $6 million in royalties. The court ordered Epic Games to pay 30% of the revenue generated by the game Fortnite not through the App Store.

Epic Games paid Apple $6 million in commissions from sales bypassing the App Store

Because of Apple’s lawsuit, some App Store rules have changed for the first time since 2008. Experts predict a loss of $1 billion to $4 billion a year in company profits if developers take advantage of the opportunity not to pay commissions because of the court ruling in the case with Epic Games.

The reason for the lawsuit was the 2020 update for Fortnite, which added its own in-game content payment system to the game. This option was positioned by the company as a more affordable way to purchase in-game items without paying an App Store commission.

Apple has earned more than $12 million since blocking the app on the App Store – 30% of that amount, including additional commissions paid by Epic Games.

Amid Apple’s litigation with Epic Games, the first lost $85 billion in capitalization. The drop was 3.3% and was the most significant since May 2021. The court allowed iOS developers to self-post special buttons or links informing about alternative payment methods. Apple was also prohibited from diverting users to third-party payment services.

Earlier, the court found that Epic Games illegally added a direct payment method for Fortnite subscriptions, which violated its agreement with Apple. However, the court found that removing the game from the Apple Store was the right thing to do. The court found no support for the words of Epic Games, which accused Apple of monopoly.

Epic Games in August. filed to sue Google for antitrust violations. The proceedings revealed that Google intended to acquire Epic Games in 2018 to prevent attempts to circumvent the Play Store system and reduce dissatisfaction over high commissions on games.

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