A federal judge on Monday barred Apple from discontinuing an Epic Games tool, which is relied upon by hundreds of other app makers but had become the subject of an antitrust fight between the companies.

Ruling safeguards Fortnite Creator Epic Computer Graphics Software Unreal Engine, Which it offers through an affiliate business and which hundreds of games and other applications use to power their apps on Apple’s iPhones.

Epic game And Apple Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers wrote in a judgment on Monday, “There is freedom to litigate against each other, but their disputes should not create an audience at all.”

Legal battle broke out after Apple this month Epic’s Fortnite removed Games from apple app Store And an associated account effectively blocks Unreal Engine’s distribution when Epic rolls out its own in-game game method at Fortnite instead of using the Apple system required for commissions between 15% and 30 percent is.

Epic alleged in a lawsuit and social media campaign that Apple has Engaged in anti-competitive behavior By abusing its dominance in the market for iPhone apps, the App Store marks the highest-profile challenge for the business.

Epic had sought reversal of its penalties by Apple until a wider case could be decided.

Gonzalez Rogers stated that “the current prophecies (with Fortnite) appear to be of their own making” and refused to order its restoration. But it allowed the Unreal Engine to continue iPhone apps, stating that Apple’s actions against Epic’s partners were too serious because they did not violate the iPhone manufacturer’s policies as Fortnite had.

During a controversial exchange with Apple’s attorney Richard Doren at a hearing on Monday, the judge said he saw “no competition” for Apple’s App Store on the iPhone.

“The question is, without competition, where does 30 percent (App Store Commission) come from? Why isn’t it 10 and 20? How is the consumer benefiting?” He asked.

Doreen responded that consumers had options when deciding to buy Android Device or an iPhone.

“This contest is at the forefront,” he reiterated an argument that has been central to Apple’s chief executive. Of Tim Cook Defense during Congress anti-people hearing.

Gonzalez Rogers answered that “too many economic theories” to show that switching brands impose costs on consumers.

He at one point turned Doreen into a virtual action. Doreen later said that Apple would prove in testing that “people switch all the time”.

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