Epic’s Apple lawsuit could have “significant and grave consequences” for platform owners like Nintendo, a judge warned.
After his battle royale Moloch Fourteen days Epic was removed from the App Store in August for violating its Terms and Conditions and asked Apple to take over 30% of the cuts from developers and Declared war.
However, according to the latest court documents released on Friday, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers notes that it’s not all that different from console platforms that charge developers the fees equal 30% fee.
“Indeed, Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft have similar walled gardens or closed platform models to Apple, with the hardware, operating system, digital marketplace and IAPs reserved for the platform owner only.”
Judge Rogers also mentioned how the Nintendo Switch, gaming laptops and tablets could have “significant overlap” with the iOS platform because of their portable design.
“A final decision should be better informed about the implications of the walled garden model as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft and their video game platforms can have significant and grave consequences.”
Epic’s case against Apple could Go to the jury as early as July next year. We will keep you posted.