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Apple Risks Losing Billions of Dollars Annually From Epic Games Ruling

  • Judge says all apps can bypass the company’s purchase fees
  • Apple makes majority of its App Store revenue from games
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Apple Ordered to Change App Store Operation in Epic Games Case
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Apple Inc. has been ordered to make the most significant change to its App Store business model since launching the platform in 2008, and it could cost the tech giant a few billion dollars annually.

In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said the company must give developers the option of bypassing its commission on in-app purchases -- a cut that runs as high as 30%. That includes letting iOS apps use “buttons, external links or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing methods” other than Apple’s payment system.