Apple Has 'Lost Sight of the Tech Industry's Founding Principles,' Says Epic Games CEO

Following Apple's countersuit on Tuesday, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has now responded to Apple's new request for damages for breach of contract.

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Sweeney says that Apple's claim that the legal dispute is "nothing more than a basic disagreement over money" is an indication that it has "lost sight of the tech industry's founding principles," although he does not explicitly state what these founding principles are. He also assumes that Apple is "posturing for the court."

Sweeney went on to refer to Epic's "Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite" commercial, explaining that it was intended to show that Apple was now the "all-powerful corporation dictating the terms of users' access to their devices," displacing IBM, and that it is "using that position to exert control and extract money."

He then reiterated some of the rationale behind why ‌Epic Games‌ began the campaign against Apple's App Store policies, stating that "creators have rights." Sweeney concluded by strongly disputing that the entire disagreement was about money, instead saying it is a more fundamental fight for change.

‌Epic Games‌' developer account has now been terminated, and the company has filed for a preliminary injunction that would both allow Fortnite back on the ‌App Store‌ and restore access to its developer account. At the same time, ‌Epic Games‌ has refused to remove the direct payment option that is in direct violation of Apple's ‌‌App Store‌‌ policies‌. The preliminary injunction hearing will take place at the end of this month.

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Top Rated Comments

Anson_431 Avatar
51 months ago
Epic: We are fighting for change!

Also Epic: *Remains silent towards that same 30% charge on consoles*

oops lol
Score: 82 Votes (Like | Disagree)
t76turbo Avatar
51 months ago
Epic is a spoiled brat..... Glad I dont play fortnite anymore.
Score: 65 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
51 months ago
Apple Has 'Lost Sight of the Tech Industry's Founding Principles,' Says Epic Games CEO
He's got a point. The tech industry was founded on the principle that Epic is entitled to be on Apple's app store for free and not incur fees for subscriptions made on that platform, despite having to pay similar fees on every other platform.

Sure, we all balked and wondered what the hell an "app store," "Epic," and "Fortnite" was back in the '70s, but they all turned out to be incredibly relevant.
Score: 52 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
51 months ago
I think Epic should look in the mirror and see who is "losing sight and of what."

And sure Apple should let them back into the app store and restore their account...after they remove the theft of revenue from the app and apologize...
Score: 51 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fokmik Avatar
51 months ago
When you cant say anything constructive and logical , you start a fight, and bashing like a child
Its clear Epic CEO is mad/angry....its a MAAAD WORLD THERE AT EPIC
Score: 45 Votes (Like | Disagree)
metalsiren Avatar
51 months ago
what such bull **** Epic, its over Money that you want. you want to be able to sell a product at Walmart and for Walmart to get no money from it. or even worse setup your OWN shop in a Walmart and they get nothing for it
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)