Epic Games Appeals Ruling in Apple Lawsuit, Claims Court Made Errors

Epic Games today kicked off its appeal of the judge's decision in the Epic v. Apple lawsuit, filing an opening brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Both Apple and ‌Epic Games‌ have decided to appeal the original ruling as neither company was satisfied with the outcome. ‌Epic Games‌ wanted the court to force Apple to support third-party App Stores, which did not happen.

‌Epic Games‌ CEO Tim Sweeney said that the ruling wasn't a "win for developers or for consumers," and ‌Epic Games‌ confirmed that it planned to appeal shortly after the verdict was delivered. In the appeal, ‌Epic Games‌ asked whether Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers had made mistakes with some of her findings, including that Apple is not a monopolist.

In the filing, ‌Epic Games‌ again argues that Apple's App Store restrictions and fees are harming developers and consumers, calling the ‌App Store‌ unnecessary.

Absent these restrictions, iPhone users and app developers could use alternative app stores, and users could get apps directly from developers. Developers could procure payment mechanisms with additional features and lower costs for their apps. Epic wants to but cannot compete with Apple to fulfill that demand by providing an iPhone app store and in-app payment solution. Epic would charge developers much less than Apple's 30% commission, increasing innovation and reducing costs.

Apple prevents Epic and other potential competitors from offering those choices. That is why Epic brought this antitrust suit. The district court's factual findings make clear that Apple's conduct is precisely what the antitrust laws prohibit.

‌Epic Games‌ argues that the court made an error when it found no Sherman Act violation against Apple, which would have painted Apple as a monopolist and would have likely resulted in a very different ruling.

The goal with the appeal is to get the judgment against Apple reversed, and much of the rest of the document goes over the original arguments from the initial lawsuit.

The district court's judgment on Epic's Sherman Act claims should be reversed and judgment of liability entered in Epic's favor with a remand to determine the appropriate injunctive remedy. The district court's judgment on Apple's breach of contract and declaratory judgment counterclaims should be reversed and judgment entered in Epic's favor

Epic's full opening brief can be read on Scribd for those who are interested in the company's anti-Apple arguments.

Top Rated Comments

GizmoDVD Avatar
9 months ago
Epic continues to be embarrassing.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unregistered 4U Avatar
9 months ago

Epic wants to but cannot compete with Apple to fulfill that demand by providing an iPhone app store and in-app payment solution. Epic would charge developers much less than Apple's 30% commission, increasing innovation and reducing costs.
Epic CAN compete, and Apple, Google, Microsoft, Sony, AND Nintendo have provided fairly clear steps on how to do so. First, create a hardware reference platform. If you want, you can license it to others, but that’s not required. Second, create an OS for that reference platform. Again, you CAN license it, but it’s not required. Third, create an App Store. You’re free to allow other App Stores on your OS if you like, but again, not required.

THEN, get millions upon millions of folks to buy that hardware and you’re done! It won’t be easy, it took Apple many many years to get where they are today. However, every year they wait is a year they could be making progress.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djcerla Avatar
9 months ago
They need to hire Rudy Giuliani this time.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
9 months ago
Grabs the popcorn as they say. Edit: didn’t expect anything less from epic to have the judgement reversed.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
9 months ago
How do you call out a ruling court?

EPIC Games is just lost and does not know what to do anymore. This will be an on-going battle.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
9 months ago
And so it continues… for years to come
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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