“This Fight Is For Basic Freedom”- Epic CEO Tim Sweeney on Apple’s TOS Changes

Published 09/11/2020, 4:10 PM EDT


The Epic Games versus Apple Saga continues as interesting developments unfold every single day. The Fortnite ban that kicked off this massive legal-battle has blown up exponentially and turned into an industry-wide phenomenon. Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeney has always been vocal with his criticism of Apple’s policies. Now, a change in the App Store’s TOS has invited some more unfavorable verbal attacks from Sweeney.

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The Verge’s editor Tom Warren brought the changes to everyone’s notice with this tweet:

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Warren said, “The biggest sticking point is still in-app purchases, a big part of developers issues with Apple’s App Store. Microsoft would still need to use Apple’s IAP platform for all in-game payments, and Apple could take a cut on xCloud subscriptions, too.”

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Epic CEO Tim Sweeney takes another dig at Apple

Warren’s last point highlighted the fact that Apple imposes the 30% fee simply because they can. Tom’s example of Apple not scrutinizing every show on streaming apps seems valid considering it does the exact opposite when it comes to games. This caught Tim Sweeney’s attention, and he said, “Apple’s policy “clarification” for streaming services like xCloud retains their curation monopoly and implies a horrible fee structure: 30% to Apple, 30% to the streaming service, and 40% trickling down to actual creators. Of course the costs would be passed on to consumers.

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Epic’s conquest against Apple may have started as a personal crusade. But as more information keeps coming to light, more people have been joining Epic’s cause, turning this into an industry-wide movement. Companies like Netflix, Tinder, Spotify have all opposed Apple’s policies in the past, but Apple paid no heed to them. Even Steam founder Gabe Newell has called out Apple’s questionable policies.

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Tim Sweeney and Co. have a lot of allies, but it still doesn’t change the fact that it is too early to predict the outcome of this trial. Google may get off easy considering their ecosystem is much more open than Apple’s. But it seems Tim has now turned into the guy who is fighting a battle for the greater good. This TOS change may have been implemented to enable xCloud and Stadia, but it still keeps all the power and control in Apple’s hands.

Whatever the outcome of this trial, it’ll be a defining one. Moreover, it will definitely change the face of the app market and the gaming industry forever.

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Akshay Patel

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Akshay Patel is the Group Head of the eSports division at EssentiallySports. After having obtained his BBA degree, Akshay has been in the field of social media and content creation since 2018. He grew up playing Counter-Strike and has been hooked on gaming ever since.

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