In an interview Friday, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney denounced Apple and Google’s respective app store policies, saying both companies’ strategies are hampering innovation,media reported. Sweeney called Apple’s App Store an “absolute monopoly” on CNBC’s Squawk Alley show and noted that the tech giant would take a 30 percent split from in-app purchases and deals.
Epic Games’ current hit, Fortnite, generates a lot of cash and has been a leader in the App Store and Google Play.
“Apple has established an absolute monopoly on software sales and profitability, locking in and weakening the ecosystem,” Says Sweeney. He added: “If every developer can accept what they pay and avoid paying 30 percent tax on Apple and Google then we can split the savings to all consumers and players to get better prices.” Then there will be economic competition. “
However, apple has adopted a strategy to ban third-party app stores, including the Epic Games Store, according to the CEO.
The Epic platform will be available on macOS and Windows in 2018 as a more cost-effective alternative to the dominant app store. Unlike the App Store, the Epic Games Store only charges developers 12% of its sales, making it more attractive to developers.
Now, Epic is pushing ahead with plans to introduce its store to Android, but Sweeney has criticized Google for setting apple-like obstacles. “Google is essentially a store that is intent on suppressing competition by setting up user interface barriers.”
Sweeney is one of many developers who have criticized the app store policy in recent weeks. In fact, Apple’s app business is the target of several international investigations, including the U.S. House of Representatives antitrust investigation of big technology companies, including Amazon, Facebook and Google. The CEOs of the companies will testify at the hearing on Monday.