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Tim Sweeney on Epic Games Store Spyware Theories

USgamer takes a look at the gamer anger towards the Epic Games Store, noting that there are some players holding firm to the belief that this is a spyware platform for the Chinese government. This stems from Epic's partnership with Tencent, as the Chinese publisher has an investment in the store. This theory has taken enough of a foothold that the Epic CEO felt compelled to address it (thanks Gamasutra). Here's a string of Tim Sweeney tweets on the topic:

I support everyoneís right to complain about tech industry stuff. Epicís store, with exclusive games and a spartan feature set, is a fine target for ire. But please help separate facts and opinions from the lies about spyware and foreign control.

Iím the controlling shareholder in Epic Games, and have been since 1991. We have a number of outside investors now. Tencent is the largest. All of Epicís investors our friends and partners. None can dictate decisions to Epic. None have access to Epic customer data.

Tencent is a Chinese company founded in 1998. CEO Pony Ma and the other co-founders played a lot of Unreal Tournament back then, and visited Epic in the early 2000ís. In 2012 Epic was looking to move to online games, and we invited Tencent in as an investor to help us.

Iíve never regretted it, and the recent anti-China rage doesnít change that even slightly, as its completely unfounded. Epic has only had positive interactions with Tencent at all levels.

All of Epicís big decisions are made here in the USA and as CEO Iím 100% responsible for them. Iím 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.

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2. Re: Tim Sweeney on Epic Games Store Spyware Theories Apr 5, 2019, 20:21 christheshitter
 
Lies all lies!  
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