Apple is asking the court to postpone its changes to the App Store pending the Fortnite appeals process

The company filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday to suspend a September 10 injunction in a lawsuit brought against Apple by video game company Epic Games.
The injunction, which is currently due to come into effect on December 9, states that Apple (AAPL) Can no longer prohibit developers from adding links to external payment options in their apps; for example, to make users aware of the possibility of paying for a subscription through a web browser instead of through the app.

Apple is asking the court to suspend this requirement until November, weeks before the deadline for making the changes to the App Store requirements. The motion accompanied Apple’s formal appeal against the September decision.

It’s the latest move in a longstanding legal battle between Apple and Epic Games, the maker of the hugely popular Fortnite video game.

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers sided with Apple on most of the allegations in the lawsuit in September, saying she could not conclude that the iPhone maker was a monopoly. But she has sided with Epic on one point – Apple cannot prohibit app makers from telling their users that there are ways to pay outside the app store. Apple cuts up to 30% of most in-app transactions on its devices.

Epic appealed the decision days after it was announced, and the companies’ disagreements have only grown more controversial since then.

Apple announced shortly after the decision not to allow Fortnite back on its devices pending the completion of the appeal process, which means the game could be banned from iPhones for several years.

If Gonzalez Rogers approves Apple’s recent request, it could buy the company a similar amount of time to avoid being forced to make changes to the App Store.


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