Epic Games paid Apple $ 6 million, according to Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney on Twitter. Last week, a court ordered Epic to pay a portion of the Fortnite app revenue using its own payment system.
Last year, Epic added in-app direct purchase to Fortnite, bypassing Apple’s in-app purchase rules. This violation of App Store rules led to Apple removing Fortnite from the App Store, after which the companies met in court.
Shortly after Fortnite was removed from the App Store, Epic Games could still receive payments from customers who had already installed the app. During the time until Fortnite was removed from the App Store, the game brought developers $ 12,167,719.
Epic Games was to pay 30% of the $ 12 million total collected between August 2020 and October 2020, as well as 30% of the revenue generated from November 1, 2020 to the date of the judgment. The result was an amount of $ 6 million.
Apple lawyers called the judgment a “resounding victory” confirming the App Store’s business model, but Epic Games was unhappy with the outcome. In a tweet, Tim Sweeney said the decision was not “a win for developers or consumers” and that Epic will continue to “compete fairly among in-app payment methods and app stores for a billion consumers.”
Epic Games filed an appeal against the decision over the weekend, so the dispute between the two companies is far from over. According to experts, Apple could start to lose between $ 1 billion and $ 4 billion a year, depending on how many developers start using the new policy.
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