CEO of Epic Games Inc. Tim Sweeney renews his attack on the Apple Inc duo. and Google Alphabet Inc. as the world’s dominant mobile platform at a conference in Seoul on Tuesday.
“Apple locks up a billion users in a single store and payment processor,” Sweeney said at the Global Conference on Mobile App Ecosystem Fairness in South Korea, home of the world’s first law requiring mobile platforms to give consumers a choice between payment manipulators. “Apple is now complying with repressive foreign laws that monitor consumers and deny them their political rights.
But Apple ignores Korean democratic laws. Apple must be stopped.” Google has also been rebuked by Sweeney for criticizing its approach to charging payments that it doesn’t consider “insane”.
The founder of Epic Games praised Korea for fighting anti-competitive practices with recent laws and said, “I am very proud to stand with you against this monopoly. I am proud to be with you and say that I am Korean.”
Service fees for the Google Play Store were “never meant solely for processing payments,” Google spokesman Dan Jackson said in an email. “That’s why we make Android and Google Play available for free, and we invest in many sales, development, and security services that support developers and users in South Korea and around the world.”
Apple did not directly reply to a request for comment, Epic has been embroiled in lawsuits with Apple and Google for more than a year after it raised questions about how payments are handled in their app store by releasing a version of its global hit game Fortnite, which has its own in-game Purchase system. including. Fortnite was removed from the App Store and Play Store for violating their rules, prompting Sweeney’s company to sue the two carriers.
This week’s epic legal document claims that Google set up an internal working group to investigate the matter and that Fortnite is bypassing the app store and the company’s fees.
In response to Epic’s move, Google created the Fortnite Task Force, Apple and Google have consistently stated that the fees they charge for purchases through their mobile marketplace help keep consumers safe and developers into a global audience.
Sweeney sees their practice of marginalization as an abomination to the network’s founding principles, arguing that “their policies are so restrictive that if the World Wide Web were pinned after smartphones, Apple and Google would prevent all web browsers from accessing their platforms.” .”
Epic Games works its own Epic Games store for computer gamers, which also has a program fee, albeit lower, and Sweeney doesn’t deny Google and Apple the right to make money from their work.
“There’s a market for business, there’s a market for payments, and there’s a lot of other related markets,” he said. “And it is very important that antitrust enforcement does not allow monopolies in a market to use their control over that market to impose control over an independent market.