Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said, “We will continue to fight against Apple and Google for fair competition”
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney visited South Korea on the 29th AUG to participate in UNREAL FEST 2023 Seoul held in Seoul, South Korea. It has been four years since he came to South Korea. He talked about various things about the metaverse in his keynote speech at Unreal Fest 2023. In the meantime, he also talked about his ongoing disputes with Apple and Google.
He said, “Epic Games is fighting against the App Store monopoly. This is also a fight for developers. The goal is to prevent everyone from paying 30% fee. We haven’t won yet, but a lot has been made so far” In fact, in South Korea, laws were enacted to regulate the app market, and Google Play began supporting other payment systems. The ongoing lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple in the United States is awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States.
CEO Tim Sweeney said, “Fair competition is very important. It is meaningful that South Korea attempted to regulate this. But unfortunately, no great results were achieved. Ultimately, the price should be lower, but that hasn’t happened”
He continued, “Basically, I think it is unfair to charge a fee for services that the company did not provide. These are junk fees and should go away. I cannot disclose the name of the company, but there have been cases where a South Korean company that was trying to do business linking online and offline decided not to upload its app to the mobile market due to the app market fees"
Epic Games operates a PC game platform called ‘Epic Games Store’. CEO Tim Sweeney said, "Epic Games Store does not force developers to use Epic Games’ payment system. But that's not the case with Google or Apple. Apple and Google’s actions of abusing their positions are not right”
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