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Apple Wins Appeal, Epic Games Loses Battle Over App Store Rules

In a setback for Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, their appeal to change Apple's App Store rules has been denied. This means that Apple can continue to charge a 30% fee for all in-app purchases made through the App Store. While Fortnite has already been removed from the App Store, Epic Games' other subsidiaries still have applications available.

For now, all transactions will be subject to the 30% tax. However, there is a glimmer of hope for Epic Games. This ruling is temporary, and there is a possibility that things could change in the future.

The Supreme Court is currently in the final stages of the Epic Games Trial. The court rejected Epic's request to enforce their App Store ruling, allowing Apple to maintain its 30% fee and keep Fortnite off the App Store. This is not the end of the fight for Epic Games, as they have the option to file a supreme court appeal regarding the original 9th circuit ruling. However, a decision on this appeal may not be made until later this year.

While Apple has the option to defend the 30% in-app purchase tax, there is no guarantee that they will be successful. If the justices decline to hear the case, Apple will have to drop the tax. This would allow users to bypass Apple's system and make payments through other means.

It is uncertain how long this legal battle will continue. Depending on the timeline for Apple's appeal and whether or not it is heard, the outcome could go in any direction. Unfortunately, this does not provide any immediate resolution for Fortnite.

According to Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, Fortnite will remain banned from the App Store until the entire legal process is complete, which could take upwards of five years. The initial ban came as a result of Epic Games allowing users to purchase V-Bucks directly, circumventing the 30% tax imposed by Apple.

In conclusion, Apple has emerged victorious in the appeal, and Epic Games' future on the App Store remains uncertain. Fortnite players on iOS will likely be without the game for the foreseeable future.