A recent Reddit post had gained traction as it made the case that the Epic Store is spyware for the Chinese government. The fuel for this theory was mainly driven by the collaboration Epic Games have with Tenzen Corporation. After the accusation gained enough attention, Tim Sweeney himself has addressed the issue on Twitter.
I support everyone’s right to complain about tech industry stuff. Epic’s 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.https://t.co/UrNisiFxy6
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) April 5, 2019
He does state that while you can have disdain for the Epic Store, separate fact from fiction. That’s a respectable stance to have.
Now I’d like to add that I don’t endorse or support the Epic Store in any way. I have plenty of reason to dislike them with their forced exclusives and crappy security.
However, I don’t believe they’re helping the Chinese government spy on us. That’s a very heavy accusation to point at Sweeney and while I don’t like his business practices, he’s not a criminal out to sell our data, hopefully.