Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, says the world needs one unified game store and that Epic is working with developers and service providers to help make it happen.
“The world really needs one store now that works on all platforms,” Sweeney said in an interview with Bloomberg. “Currently, ownership of the software is fragmented between the various stores in the iOS App Store, the Android Google Play Marketplace, the Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch, and the Microsoft Store and Mac App Store.”
Epic’s plan to eliminate this confusion is to develop a system that allows users to “buy software from one place, knowing they have it on all devices and all platforms”. How that combination of that different technology and competing platforms happens is an unresolved question, but it makes sense to assume that it has something to do with the concept of metaverse, a poorly defined online world, that we’re pretty sure of. a bad idea, even though Sweeney himself is a dedicated (and legally recognized) supporter.
Sweeney has publicly advocated more open online shopping since mid-2020, when Epic sued Apple over “monopolistic practices” in the App Store. But speaking at the Global Mobile Applications Ecosystem Justice Conference in South Korea, he stressed that there are more important reasons to force e-commerce transparency than just money.
“Apple is locking a billion users into one store and payment processor,” Sweeney said. “Now Apple is complying with oppressive foreign laws that control users and deprive them of their political rights. But Apple is ignoring laws passed by Korean democracy. Apple must be stopped.”
South Korea recently passed a law requiring alternative payment options for large digital platforms, including the App Store, preventing platform owners from forcing developers to use their built-in payment systems. According to the Korea Herald, Google has complied with the new law, but Apple has not yet announced whether or not it intends to do so.
“I am very proud to be able to oppose these monopolies with you,” Sweeney said. “I’m proud to stand with you and say I’m Korean.”
This is not the first time Sweeney has declared his kinship with Korea: He made a similar statement in August, shortly after a Korean court ruled on digital facades.
As President Kennedy said on the Berlin Wall in 1963, today all developers around the world can be proud to say: I am Korean! pic.twitter.com/XeVdB1W1WlAugust 31, 2021
Nor is it his first extensive declaration on the cultural and moral significance of the dispute between Epic and Apple. In November 2020, he was criticized for comparing the rejection of Epic’s terms of service to historic civil rights battles. “There were real laws in the books, and the laws were wrong,” he said. “And people didn’t obey them, and it wasn’t wrong not to obey them, because going with them would be a secret to make them a status quo.”
A U.S. court also ruled in September that Apple’s policy of preventing apps from advertising their own payment systems is anti-competitive and should be changed. Apple appealed the decision, but was not granted a moratorium, meaning the court-ordered policy change is due to take effect in December.