Apple had a victory over a game developer who accused it of breaking Australian consumer law.
Epic Games took the $ 2.87 trillion tech giant to Federal Court after âFortniteâ was removed from the App Store.
The company said it was being punished for offering users a direct payment option with a 20% discount.
At the heart of its complaint, Apple is forcing developers to use its platform and takes a 30% commission on sales.
But Apple argued in Federal Court that its contract said any litigation would be heard in Northern California.
Judge Nye Perram said “the most serious questions of public policy” were at stake and that he was “clearly troubled”.
“Despite these elements, however, I do not consider that the state of the law regarding choice of court clauses allows me to reject Apple’s candidacy.”
He put the case on hold for three months to allow Epic to file a case related to the alleged violation of Australian law in California court or to change the ongoing proceedings which are due to begin in May.
If Epic doesn’t, the case will be closed for good.
If the California court refuses to deal with it, proceedings will resume in Federal Court.
“We are finally seeking to end Apple’s monopoly application distribution policies, which stifle competition and threaten developers’ ability to innovate and create new types of games, applications and businesses,” said writes the company on its website.