The ‘epic’ clash between Epic Games and tech giants Apple and Google shook the world. First, Epic allowed its users to bypass App Store’s and Play Store’s payment to allow player to purchase V-Bucks directly from their site. This obviously did not sit well with Apple and they removed Fortnite from the App Store. Immediately after that, Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple. Shortly after Goolge also took down the game from the Play Store and got a lawsuit as well. All of this happened in less than 24 hours (Crazy, right?). Well, looks like Steam boss Gabe Newell is already siding with Epic.
Gabe Newell’s statements in an interview
No, this is not something he has said after this whole fiasco surfaced. He has condemned Apple’s policies for quite some time now. In fact, in an interview with Edge Magazine in March 2020 he said “We get a lot more freaked out not by competition, but by people trying to preclude competition,” “If you ask us which is scarier, it’s people falling in love with Apple’s model of controlling everything and having faceless bureaucrats who get to keep your product from entering the market if they don’t want it to, or designing a store in a way that minimises software’s value-add to experience and stuff like that.”
Well, the war has just begun and it looks like Tim Sweeney might already have an ally. Popular insider Rod Breslau also brought this statement by Gabe to our notice.
if anyone was wondering, Valve and Gabe Newell are fully aligned on the side of Epic Games against Apple and their control of the ecosystem. from an interview with Gabe earlier this year
Gaben x Sweeney united pic.twitter.com/qiku7SmGGc
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) August 14, 2020
But, a lot of people argued saying Valve also takes a 30% cut from the developers. But they do it because that is one of their primary sources of income. And it is also a different business model from the App Store where you can get games externally and still register those on Steam.
Epic Game’s Fortnite userbase may be affected
Epic will definitely have allies in this fight against two of the biggest tech companies on earth. This also hampers the player count for Fortnite but Epic is prepared to let that go for the greater good. As we have mentioned before, whatever the outcome of this trial may be, it will change the tech and the gaming industry drastically. Buckle up because we are in for one hell of a legal drama.
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