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Tim Sweeney Calls for Single App Store


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“What the world really needs now is a single store that works with all platforms,” Sweeney said in an interview in Seoul on Tuesday. “Right now software ownership is fragmented between the iOS App Store, the Android Google Play marketplace, different stores on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch, and then Microsoft Store and the Mac App Store.” Epic is working with developers and service providers to create a system that would allow users “to buy software in one place, knowing that they’d have it on all devices and all platforms.”

 

Earlier in the day, Sweeney left no doubt about his disapproval of the smartphone software status quo in remarks at the Global Conference for Mobile Application Ecosystem Fairness in South Korea, home to the world’s first law requiring mobile platforms to give users a choice of payment handlers. His company’s battle royale game Fortnite has been the subject of a bitter legal dispute with Apple and Google over the revenue split of sales on their platforms.

 

“Apple locks a billion users into one store and payment processor,” he said. “Now Apple complies with oppressive foreign laws, which surveil users and deprive them of political rights. But Apple is ignoring laws passed by Korea’s democracy. Apple must be stopped.”

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would be nice. Seems pretty unlikely. 

 

 

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I'm going to go out on a limb here...I'm guessing he would like the Epic store to be "that" store.  But Tim Sweeney doesn't believe in having a store that works on all platforms.  Where is the Epic Game Store Linux client?  Where are the Linux versions of games that Epic sells?

 

We already have something that's close...it's called Steam.  Available for Windows, Linux, MacOS and Android.

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