The case is a result of an effort by a New York man who wanted to create a game for the iPhone that required users to buy in-game currency with a credit card, but was blocked by Apple’s rules. The company said that only “revenue-generating” apps could use such a payment system.
In the ruling, the court said that the man, could continue developing the app. The ruling was published by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which hears cases from California, Hawaii and Alaska.
The ruling comes just weeks after Apple released its App Store guidelines, which included a change to allow developers to use credit cards to sell in-game currency in their apps.
“Apple has taken a very reasonable position that it doesn’t want to be in the business of dealing with credit card companies,” said, a technology writer and former editor. “It’s not a bad position to take.”
The judge said that this case is different from others in which Apple has blocked app developers from including third-party payment systems.