Epic CEO Slams Apple In Latest Interview, Refers To The App Store As A ‘Disservice’ To Developers

The CEO of the company Epic is going public with his dissatisfaction with Apple and he’s not afraid to speak his mind.

Tim Sweetney mentioned during his latest interview how the Apple App Store failed to act as a service to its users. Instead, it was busy serving as a ‘disservice’ to all of its developers.

The bold statements came during a recent interview with The Financial Times, where the CEO also touched on the trending topic of the monopoly between Google and Apple’s App Store.

In the previous year, we saw Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers mentioning how the Apple App Store’s guidelines failed to show any guilty behavior. In other words, they did not violate any laws related to the subject of user trust or privacy. And that case was a memorable one between Epic and Apple.

But as you can probably expect, the news didn’t go down well with the CEO of Epic who was certain after the ruling that he knew way more than any district judge, adding how the ruling was a major error.

And since then, we’ve seen Tim Sweeney boldly call out Apple’s current store policies, including how he firmly believes it’s an unsafe place for users, considering the great number of scams that are available in the form of apps on the store.

Carrying out a very serious and elaborated interview with the Financial Times, the Fortnite CEO then shed light on the type of vision he had in store for Metaverse and its collab with Fortnite. The discussion further evolved into the current app store policies by Apple, and what he felt was the true vision of the Metaverse.

Yes, he did say the Metaverse was currently his ally but that clearly doesn’t mean he won’t be pressurized into filing any legal proceedings against the platform in the future in regards to monopoly.

But where did the term disservice come from in the first place? Why was Apple being singled out by the Epic CEO?

For starters, we saw Apple come out with two very different research reports yesterday. Both of them were related to the company’s app economy and how the tech giant has played a major role in supporting millions of developers by giving them jobs in the US.

With a staggering finding of a 118% increase in small-scale developers’ earnings, Apple boasted what a difference it has made to the economy. And to that finding, the Epic CEO felt that the comments were a little farstretched, adding how Apple was more of a disservice to its developers.

Sweeney elaborated on how so many people deserved to know the truth of the matter. And that was related to how developers were instructed to treat software like it was something that was of sub-par standard.

Therefore, they were forced to give consumers a sub-par experience by charging them an exuberant amount of money with added processing fees. Hence, he says it was a bizarre scheme and tactic used that should have never been done in the first place.

Yes, Apple does have the right to make profits from its own hardware, he added. However, when it comes down to matters relating to software, it just isn’t right.

And that’s when he again called out the 30% slash a monopoly maneuver because PayPal usually charges 3% while other sources for payment like Mastercard charge only 2%.

Now, the Epic CEO claims to be super afraid of how today’s monopolies are gaining more power to become new monopolies that future generations would be forced to deal with. Interestingly, while he called out Google and Apple as both being bad, he feels that Meta has a two-way personality.

On one aspect, it’s coming through with a very interesting vision with the open Metaverse platform. However, on the other extreme, there’s so much talk about the current ad economy. In case you weren’t well aware, the shares of revenue for creators are very minor.

Again, this doesn’t concern him or his business and that’s why he’s yet to refer to Facebook’s parent company as a monopoly in today’s day and age. But this might alter in the near future.

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