It is about duopoly in the mobile app distribution market for which the CEO of the company behind Fortnite is attacking Google and Apple. Unlike Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store which are limited to their platforms, that is, iOS and Android, Epic is working on creating a global app store that will work with all platforms, by Sweeney said.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has called Google “crazy” and insisted “Apple must stop.”
Speaking at the International Conference on Mobile Application Development in South Korea, Sweeney renewed his attacks on the duopoly of Apple and Google due to which Epic’s Fortnite is not available on iOS and Android. Both Apple and Google have strict policies in place for apps available to users through their app stores and those who require developers to pay a 30 per cent or 15 per cent premium on all material purchases. Epic tried to circumvent the policies last year, only to find a broken game, Fortnite, rolled out from both appliances. That led to a high-voltage court case between Epic and Apple, but while the ruling in the U.S. court did not meet in Epic’s favor, South Korea overturned Apple (and Google) with its new law.
Now Sweeney wants a store that is open to all platforms. “What the world really needs now is a store that works with all platforms,” Sweeney was quoted as saying in a Bloomberg report. “Now the software is divided between the iOS App Store, Google Play Android Marketplace, various stores on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch, and then the Microsoft Store and Mac App Store.” The manager said the company is working with developers and service providers to build a system that will allow users “to buy software in one place, knowing that they will have it on all devices and all platforms.”
That is an understanding in technology. Now, if you want to have an application on different devices, you have to buy them separately from the respective application markets. For Android, there is a Google Play Store, while, for iOS, there is a Store app. Moving across smartphones, it has game consoles and systems for computers, and they all have their own version of the storefront. Buying each component means more revenue.
Besides Sweeney, regulators from around the world at times and again criticized – and sometimes punished – both Apple and Google for managing smartphone and mobile app products.
South Korea has introduced the first global law requiring Apple and Google to give a choice of payment service to customers of their app stores. That would mean billing systems for Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store would no longer be necessary for customers. While that won’t mean much to consumers, it will bring the so-called biggest relief to developers who will not finally have to pay Apple and Google for their controversy.
Other markets, such as the US, have also confirmed the application distribution system such as the one proposed by South Korea, but there is no law there that connects Apple and Google. While Google has refused to comply with South Korean law, Apple is still competing with it. “Apple locks a billion users into a store and a payment machine,” Sweeney said. The law of the land of democracy has passed. Apple must stand. “
Epic CEO also tagged Google “crazy” for a hack from unauthorized payments. While doing so, he praised South Korea’s new law for mobile app markets.