Gaming Stocks Rise as Apple Loses Round in App Store Fees Suit

By Vidhi Choudhary

Shares of gaming stocks were rising Friday after tech giant Apple  (AAPL Get Apple Inc. (AAPL) Report lost part of a contentious legal battle with "Fortnite" video game maker Epic Games in a California court ruling.

Shares of Activision Blizzard  (ATVI Get Activision Blizzard, Inc. Report rose 3.07 %, Electronic Arts  (EA Get Electronic Arts Inc. Report rose 2.93%, Unity Software  (U Get UNITY SOFTWARE, INC. Report traded 3.75% higher, Zynga  (ZNGA Get Zynga Inc. Class A Report was up 8.88% and Roblox  (RBLX Get Roblox Report advanced 4.34%.

Apple was found to engage in anticompetitive conduct under California law, and will be forced to change its App Store policies and loosen its grip over in-app purchases following the federal court ruling.

Apple Stock Slides After Judge Rules On App Payment Dispute in 'Fortnite' Case

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the US District Court in the Northern District of California ruled that Apple can't force developers to use its own in-app payment system.

The ruling allows app developers to use outside payment options, or other communications that direct users away from Apple under an injunction set to go into effect in 90 days. However, the ruling in the long-running caseis all but certain to be appealed.

Epic Games has accused the tech giant of violating antitrust laws with its App Store fees

The judge sided with Apple on the lawsuit's other claims and notably did not conclude that the iPhone maker is a monopoly.

"While the Court finds that Apple enjoys considerable market share of over 55% and extraordinarily high profit margins, these factors alone do not show antitrust conduct. Success is not illegal," Gonzalez wrote in the opinion.

In a statement, Apple said  "We remain committed to ensuring the App Store is a safe and trusted marketplace that supports a thriving developer community and more than 2.1 million U.S. jobs, and where the rules apply equally to everyone."

Shares of Apple fell $4.08, or 2.7%, to $149.99 in recent action.

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