Epic Games on Thursday 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.
[Thirty-five state attorneys general joined the appeal, according to Bloomberg News and Reuters.
[“Apple’s conduct has harmed and is harming mobile app-developers and millions of citizens,” the states said, according to Reuters.
[““Meanwhile, Apple continues to monopolize app distribution and in-app payment solutions for iPhones, stifle competition, and amass supracompetitive profits within the almost trillion-dollar-a-year smartphone industry.”]
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.
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