Apple appealed on Friday the verdict of a federal judge in the middle of its legal battle with Epic Games, developer of the popular video game Fortnite, for control of the App Store.
Apple is petitioning the San Francisco Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the 185-page ruling by US District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers. Although the judge ordered Apple to relax the control of payment options in the App Store, it maintained that Epic could not prove any violation of antitrust laws.
Epic filed its own appeal last month. “We will continue to fight,” Epic CEO Tim Sweeney wrote on Twitter when the company confirmed its plan to challenge the verdict.
Apple admitted in the days after the Gonzalez-Rogers ruling that it was “very happy” with the decision, but that it had left the door open for appeal.
The companies had opted for a two-bench trial in which a judge, rather than a jury, hears evidence and decides a verdict.
Epic launched the process with the aim of breaking Apple’s grip on the App Store, accusing the iPhone maker of acting as a monopoly on its store of digital goods or services.
The judge prohibited Apple from preventing developers from including “external links or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms” in their applications.
If anything, Apple can still require that its payment systems be used for in-app transactions.