Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, in an interview on Friday, criticized both Apple and Google for their respective app store policies. He claims that the tactic used by these companies are destroying innovation.
“Apple has locked down and crippled the ecosystem by inventing an absolute monopoly on the distribution of software, and on the monetization of software,” Sweeney said. He later added, If every developer could accept their payments and avoid the 30% tax by Apple and, Google we could pass the savings along to all our consumers, and players would get a better deal on items. And we will have a healthy economic competition.
The CEO further talked about Apple’s decision to exclude third-party apps and stores on its devices. Epic Games launched the Epic Games Store in late 2018 for Windows and Mac computers as a cost-effective alternative to dominant app stores. It only charges other publishers a 12 percent fee on in-app purchases, making it a more attractive option for developers.
The Epic Games Store hasn’t made it to the App Store because of Apple’s strict guidelines against competing software stores. He also probed Google for its store policies, including “user interface barriers and obstruction” that make it hard to install software on Android phones without Google Play. Epic previously made Fortnite available to Android devices not by offering it on the Google Play Store, but instead through an epic games launcher on the Fortnite website that downloaded the game to the devices.
“They are preventing an entire category of businesses and applications from being engulfed in their ecosystem by excluding competitors from each aspect of their business that they are protecting,” Sweeney said.
Nonetheless, Epic Games is not the only company that spoke out against Apple or Google’s policies. Previously, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Union, testifying that Apple is crippling consumer choice and stifling innovation via the rules it imposes on the App Store. Later, Tinder, dating app also joined the revolt against the Google App Store and introduced a default payment process bypass Google Play and enables the users to enter the payment details directly into Tinder’s app.
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