In the last months, the panorama of the Video games in PC has been conditioned by the war between Steam and Epic Games Store. In this context, it is not uncommon for the most knowledgeable fans to have studied the new contender thoroughly, and eventually, the theory has become popular that Tencent – one of Epic’s main investors – monitors player activity through this platform to then sell the information to the Chinese government. In other words, that Epic Games Store is spyware.
Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, yesterday shared an article discussing the issue on Twitter and developed a thread to defend against these accusations.
“I support the right of everyone to complain about technology industry issues, the Epic store, with exclusive games and very basic functionalities, is a valid target for criticism, but please let us separate the facts and opinions from the lies about spyware and foreign control.”
Sweeney claims to have control of the shares behind Epic Games, and that the company is not conditioned by other investors in any way. “We have several foreign investors now, Tencent is the biggest of them, all Epic investors are our friends and comrades, none can issue decisions to Epic, none have access to Epic customer data.”
“All the great decisions of Epic are taken here, in the United States, and as CEO I am 100% responsible for them” continues the executive, who also shared as a curiosity how his relationship with the Chinese entertainment giant Tencent was born. According to comments, Pony Ma (CEO of Tencent) and other co-founders were avid Unreal Tournament players at the beginning of the 2000s. At that time, Epic was looking to expand with online games, so they were invited to the studio and started conversations to make investments and help them grow.
It is not the first time something of the kind happens. In March, Epic Games Store defended itself from Steam espionage accusations, its direct competition, alleging that they use mechanisms to import Steam friends and other similar features controlled by the user.
All of Epic’s big decisions are made here in the USA and as CEO I’m 100% responsible for them. I’m grateful for everyone who has spoken in support. I also read and respectfully consider all dissenting arguments of fact and principle. Just please keep it real.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) April 5, 2019