Epic’s Apple lawsuit could have “significant and serious ramifications” for platform holders like Nintendo, a judge has warned.
After its battle royale juggernaut Fortnite was removed from the App Store in August for violating terms and conditions, Epic called out Apple for taking 30% of the cut from developers and declared war.
However, according to the latest court documents, published on Friday, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers notes how it’s not all that distinct from console platforms that charge developers the same 30% fee.
“Indeed, Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft all operate similar walled gardens or closed platform models as Apple, whereby the hardware, operating system, digital marketplace, and IAPs are all exclusive to the platform owner”
Judge Rogers also mentioned how the Nintendo Switch, gaming laptops and tablets could have a “significant overlap” with the iOS platform due to their portable design.
“a final decision should be better informed regarding the impact of the walled garden model given the potential for significant and serious ramifications for Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft and their video game platforms.”
Epic’s case against Apple could go to jury trial as early as July next year. We will be sure to keep you up to date as it unfolds.