A federal judge in California late Monday said that Apple Inc. could not block Epic Games Inc. from accessing its developer tools, but she declined to force Apple to put Epic’s popular “Fortnite” game back in the App Store.
The decision from Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers is one of the first big moves in Epic’s legal battle with Apple
which is likely to last years.
The game developer sued Apple earlier in August, alleging that the smartphone giant has engaged in “monopolistic” behavior with its App Store practices, which allow Apple to collect up to 30% of revenue from digital purchases made through apps that are downloaded through its App Store.
Epic had tried to take payments via its own technology…