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Epic Games isn’t done with Apple.
A 2021 ruling forced Apple to allow developers of App Store apps to link to outside payments, and Epic has now filed a motion asking Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers to enforce her original order.
Epic says Apple’s updated developer policy that still reserves 27 percent of outside payments (or 12 percent for small developers) for Apple itself is still unjustified.
Epic argues these fees are “essentially the same” as those the company charges for using its payments system.
Christian Owens, who founded payments processor Paddle, and Benjamin Simon, the founder behind the Down Dog fitness apps for iOS, agreed in declarations also filed by Epic.
Owens called the choice offered by Apple “illusory,” while Simon said his company, Yoga Buddhi Co., would still have to charge more for the iOS version than the web version of its subscriptions.
Epic also says that Apple requires developers to use a specific “Plain Button Style,” which Epic says “is not a button at all” and violates the injunction on Apple forbidding developers from steering — that is, pointing customers to alternative payment “buttons, external links, or other calls to action.” It says that Apple disallowing multi-platform apps like Minecraft from pointing to outside payments violates the judge’s order as well.
Epic spokesperson Natalie Muñoz told The Verge in an email that Apple’s new policies prohibit “the kind of steering Down Dog used in its Android apps” — on Android, Down Dog is able to point its users to its website for cheaper subscriptions.

It’s not over for Epic Games and Apple yet. Epic has filed a motion requesting that Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers uphold her initial order, which was imposed on Apple by a 2021 ruling compelling the company to permit App Store developers to link to external payments.

Epic claims Apple’s revised developer policy is still unreasonable, retaining 27% of outside payments (or 12% for smaller developers) for Apple. According to Epic, these costs are “essentially the same” as what it charges customers who use its payment system.

Epic also filed declarations from Benjamin Simon, the creator of the Down Dog fitness apps for iOS, and Christian Owens, the founder of payments processor Paddle. According to Simon, his company, Yoga Buddhi Co., Owens referred to the option provided by Apple as “illusory.”. would still need to charge a higher price for its subscriptions on iOS than on the web.

Additionally, Epic claims that Apple is forcing developers to use a particular “Plain Button Style,” which, in Epic’s words, “is not a button at all” and contravenes the court order prohibiting developers from steering users to other payment options, external links, or other calls to action. It claims that it is also against the judge’s order for Apple to prevent cross-platform apps like Minecraft from referencing external payments.

In an email to The Verge, Epic spokesperson Natalie Muñoz stated that Apple’s new policies forbid “the kind of steering Down Dog used in its Android apps”; on Android, Down Dog can direct users to its website for less expensive subscriptions.

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