Epic’s lawsuit for Apple could have “significant and serious ramifications” for owners of platforms like Nintendo, a judge warned.
After his battle royale colossus Fortnite was removed from the App Store in August for violating the terms and conditions, Epic called Apple for taking 30% of the cut from developers and declared war.
However, according to the latest court documents, released Friday, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers notes that it̵
“In fact, Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft all operate similar walled gardens or closed platform models like Apple, so the hardware, operating system, digital marketplace and IAPs are all exclusive to the platform owner.”
Judge Rogers also mentioned how Nintendo Switch, gaming laptops and tablets could have “significant overlap” with the iOS platform due to their portable design.
“A final decision should be better informed on the impact of the walled garden model given the potential for significant and serious ramifications for Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft and their video game platforms.”
The case of Epic against Apple he could go to the jury trial as early as July next year. We will be sure to keep you updated as it unfolds.