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Supreme Court Denies Epic Games’ Appeal Against Apple in App Store Antitrust Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Epic Games' appeal in its legal battle against Apple. Epic Games, the creator of “Fortnite,” had filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, accusing the tech giant of having a monopoly over apps by requiring users to make purchases through its App Store.

Although the antitrust claims were dismissed, a judge ruled that Apple could not prevent developers from directing customers to alternative payment options. This decision was based on California's anti-competitive laws. Currently, Apple takes a 30% cut from App Store and in-app purchases.

Epic Games has been fighting for the ability to establish its own app store and escape the so-called “App Store tax.” However, the Supreme Court's decision is a setback for the video game developer.

Previously, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had granted Apple a 90-day pause on the Supreme Court ruling, allowing the company to file a petition. While the court criticized Apple's arguments, it did note that they were not technically frivolous. Epic's request to lift the injunction and delay was denied.

The 9th Circuit ruled that Apple violated antitrust laws by restricting app developers from directing consumers to the Epic Games Store, where prices and commissions were lower than on Apple's platform.

As part of the injunction, Apple was required to add options for app developers to direct consumers to alternative payment methods. However, the 9th Circuit decided to delay the implementation of this ruling while Apple appeals to the Supreme Court.

Epic Games has expressed disappointment in the Supreme Court's decision, arguing that the standard for putting the case on hold is too lenient. The 9th Circuit has not yet specified how long the delay will last.

This is an ongoing story, and more updates will be provided as they become available.

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