Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney Calls Apple’s App Store a ‘Disservice to Developers’

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has called Apple’s App Store, which has helped app makers earn over $260 billion since its launch, a “disservice to developers” that forces them to treat their apps as “sub-par.”

Sweeney made the comments in an exclusive interview with the Financial Times, where he repeated ?Epic Games?’ previous talking points about Apple and how it is “anti-competitive” and “monopolistic.” Sweeney said that Apple has “won fairly” in persuading customers to buy its hardware products but claims that forcing customers to use the ?App Store? is unfair.

The problem here is a classic monopoly tie. You start with hardware. Apple make smartphones and they profit from their smartphones — and they deserve to. But then they force all buyers of their smartphones to use their app store exclusively for obtaining digital content. They prevent all other app stores from competing with them on hardware that’s owned by a billion end users. That’s the first tie and that completely obstructs all competition and market forces that would shape better app stores and better deals for consumers.According to Sweeney, Apple uses its fair advantage in hardware to “gain an unfair advantage over competitors and other markets. And that breaks all the competitive dynamics that kept the tech industry healthy in the past.”

Sweeney criticized the ?App Store? as a platform itself, saying that despite Apple’s attempt to market it as a service, it’s actually a “disservice to developers.” “The app store is not a service. The app store is a disservice to developers. The app store forces developers to treat their software in a sub-par way to give customers a sub-par experience to charge uncompetitive handling and processing fees to inflate the price of digital goods,” the CEO of ?Epic Games? said.

Apple has said that the ?App Store? since its launch has helped developers earn over $260 billion and has fostered an iOS app economy that has created over 2.2 million jobs in the U.S. alone.

?Epic Games?? has been embroiled in a massive lawsuit against Apple, concerning the ??App Store??, that started in 2020 and is now entering its second year. The suit and its history may be confusing for some, but we have all the details in our guide. Tags: App Store, Epic Games, Epic Games vs. AppleThis article, “Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney Calls Apple’s App Store a ‘Disservice to Developers'” first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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