On Friday, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers dealt a blow to Apple's App Store revenue stream, ordering the company to ease restrictions on developers. The ruling, part of Epic Games' lawsuit against Apple, said that Apple cannot continue prohibiting developers from directly communicating to their users regarding other ways to pay for in-app transactions. Apple must let developers add links within their apps for alternative payment methods within 90 days.
- The judge also ruled that Apple is not an illegal monopoly and Epic Games should pay damages to Apple for breach of contract. Epic Games has filed an appeal to the ruling.
- Over the last month, Apple has faced similar challenges and has had to tweak its App Store policies in South Korea and Japan.
- On Friday, Apple's stock price fell 3.3%, leading to a loss of $85B in market capitalization after the court's ruling.