Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney (Tim Sweeney) said that the world needs a unified game store, and Epic is working with developers and service providers to help achieve this goal.
“What the world really needs now is a single store that is compatible with all platforms,” Sweeney said in an interview Bloomberg“Now, software ownership is scattered across different stores on the iOS App Store, Android Google Play Market, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch, then the Microsoft Store and Mac App Store.”
Epic’s plan to eliminate this confusion is to propose a system that enables users to “buy software in one place, knowing that they can buy software on all devices and all platforms.” How it will integrate different technology combinations and competing platforms is an open question, but it is reasonable to guess that it has something to do with the meta-universe. We are pretty sure that the undefined concept of the online world is a bad idea, even though Sweeney I am a faithful (and legally recognized) believer.
Since mid-2020, Sweeney has been publicly advocating for a more open online storefront, when Epic sued Apple for the “monopoly” of the App Store. But at the Global Conference on Fairness in the Mobile Application Ecosystem in South Korea, he insisted that, besides money, there are more important reasons that force online storefronts to open.
“Apple has locked 1 billion users in a store and payment processor,” Sweeney said. “Now Apple complies with oppressive foreign laws that monitor users and deprive them of political rights. But Apple ignores the laws passed by the Korean democracy. Apple must be stopped.”
South Korea recently passed a law that mandates the use of alternative payment options on major digital platforms, including the App Store, to prevent platform owners from forcing developers to use its built-in payment system.according to Korean herald, Google has begun to comply with the new law, but Apple has not yet indicated whether it intends or even how it intends.
“I am proud to work with you against these monopolies,” Sweeney said. “I am proud to stand with you and say that I am Korean.”
This is not the first time Sweeney has announced his relationship with South Korea: he made a similar statement in August, shortly after the Korean court ruled on the digital storefront.
As President Kennedy said at the Berlin Wall in 1963, all developers in the world today can proudly say: I am Korean! pic.twitter.com/XeVdB1W1WlAugust 31, 2021
This is not the first time he has fully announced the cultural and moral significance of the dispute between Epic and Apple and Google. In November 2020, he was criticized for comparing Epic’s rejection of its terms of service with the historic civil rights struggle. “There are actual laws in the book, but the laws are wrong,” he said. “People don’t obey them, and there is nothing wrong with them, because working with them will collude with them to maintain the status quo.”
A US court also ruled in September that Apple’s policy of prohibiting apps from advertising for its own payment system is anti-competitive and must be changed. Apple appealed the ruling, but was not allowed to suspend, which means that the court ordered a policy change Must be effective in December.