Apple on Friday appealed a federal judge’s decision in its legal battle with Fortnite-maker Epic Games over control of the App Store. Apple is asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to overturn a 185-page decision by US District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers.
epic last month filed its appeal.
“We Will Fight”, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney tweeted when the company confirmed its plan to contest the verdict.
Apple said in the days following the Gonzalez-Rogers decision that it was “very pleased” with the decision, but had left the door open to appeal.
The companies had opted for a so-called bench trial in which instead of a judge, a jury hears the evidence and decides on a verdict.
“To me, it’s a victory for Apple in that the judge clearly stated that they do not engage in monopolistic behavior,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said after the verdict.
“I don’t think it’s a problem for Apple from a revenue standpoint.”
The judge prohibited Apple from allowing developers to include in its apps “external links or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms.”
Apple may still mandate that its payment system is used for in-app transactions.