Epic Games CEO Renews Attack on Apple and Calls for Single, Universal App Store

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has today renewed his attack on Apple and called for a single, universal app store that works across all platforms (via Bloomberg).

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Last year, Epic's popular game "Fortnite" became the subject of heated litigation with Apple and Google over the rate of commission on in-app purchases. After Epic broke App Store rules by implementing a direct payment option, the game was removed from the App Store and Epic's developer account was terminated.

A lengthy legal battle ensued, resulting in the verdict while that Apple's anti-steering conduct is anti-competitive, Apple was correct on on all other counts. ‌Epic Games‌ paid Apple $6,000,000 in lost royalties but has appealed the verdict.

In an interview at the Global Conference for Mobile Application Ecosystem Fairness in Seoul, South Korea, Sweeney said:

What the world really needs now is a single store that works with all platforms. Right now software ownership is fragmented between the iOS App Store, the Android Google Play marketplace, different stores on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch, and then Microsoft Store and the Mac App Store.

Sweeney added that ‌Epic Games‌ is working with developers and service providers to create a system to allow users to "to buy software in one place, knowing that they'd have it on all devices and all platforms." ‌Epic Games‌ already offers the ‌Epic Games‌ Store, aimed at PC gamers, which also charges a commission.

There's a store market, there's a payments market, and there are many other related markets. And it's critical that antitrust enforcement not allow a monopolist in one market to use their control of that market to impose control over unrelated markets.

Earlier this year, South Korea passed a bill that prohibits app distribution platforms from forcing developers to use their payment method alone and. Apple will be required to offer multiple in-app payment methods in South Korea, but the company has not yet made any changes to facilitate this.


Sweeney praised the legislation and accused Apple of complying "with oppressive foreign laws" while "ignoring laws passed by Korea's democracy." "Apple must be stopped," he added.

Top Rated Comments

senttoschool Avatar
27 weeks ago
So why doesn't he remove the Epic Games Store first?
Score: 88 Votes (Like | Disagree)
antiprotest Avatar
27 weeks ago
So he wants to eliminate competition and have one monopolistic app store.
Score: 86 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djcerla Avatar
27 weeks ago
Apple must be stopped. We offer to build and manage an Universal App Store at our expense for the benefit of humankind*

*fees may apply
Score: 76 Votes (Like | Disagree)
neuropsychguy Avatar
27 weeks ago
Why stop at a single store? Let’s require a single OS that will work on every device. That way everyone can be miserable together.
Score: 76 Votes (Like | Disagree)
giggles Avatar
27 weeks ago
I want a single store for movies and tv series.

I want name-brand products from one supermarket chain on shelves of other supermarket chains.

I want potato.
Score: 55 Votes (Like | Disagree)
senttoschool Avatar
27 weeks ago

Let's face it, Apple is using it's monopoly power to force developers to use their app store in order for them to install apps on user's phone(and have to pay a tax to do so). How Apple got away with this for so long is beyond me. Imagine if MS locked down Windows and in the arly days, Apple iTunes had to pay for every transaction that occurred on MS windows. Woulda been unheard of.

Bottom line, Mobile Phone OS is no different that desktop OS and the restriction imposed for owners of iPhones from being able to install apps outside app store is outrageous and can't last forever.
The difference is that phones have cameras, location tracker, and all these other sensors, contacts list, and other usage data that apps can request access to. PCs didn't have these. A sideloaded app can easily trick your mom and grandma to giving them access to these extremely private data.
Score: 48 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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