CEO and co-founder of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney bashes Microsoft over their Universal Windows Platform (UWP) initiative. The new initiative taken by Microsoft which will help the developers in releasing games for PC and Xbox One.

Epic Games CEO Slams Microsoft over Monopolising PC Gaming

According to Tim Sweeney, this is one of the most ‘aggressive’ step Microsoft has ever taken and we should fight to stop it. CEO wrote in The Guardian that according to him, Microsoft is trying to ‘monopolise’ games development on PC, which is not good for many developers and labels it an attack on entire PC industry.

With its new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) initiative, Microsoft has built a closed platform-within-a-platform into Windows 10, as the first apparent step towards locking down the consumer PC ecosystem and monopolising app distribution and commerce.

In my view, this is the most aggressive move Microsoft has ever made. While the company has been convicted of violating antitrust law in the past, its wrongful actions were limited to fights with specific competitors and contracts with certain PC manufacturers.

This isn’t like that. Here, Microsoft is moving against the entire PC industry – including consumers (and gamers in particular), software developers such as Epic Games, publishers like EA and Activision, and distributors like Valve and Good Old Games.

But he isn’t against the idea of having its own app store. Sweeney believes that Microsoft is rightful to operate its own Windows Store, run it way way they want it. But the actual problem lies in new UWP, which is locked down.

“I’m not questioning the idea of a Windows Store. I believe Microsoft has every right to operate a PC app store, and to curate it how they choose.”

“The specific problem here is that Microsoft’s shiny new ‘Universal Windows Platform’ is locked down, and by default it’s impossible to download UWP apps from the websites of publishers and developers, to install them, update them, and conduct commerce in them outside of the Windows Store.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Kevin Gallo, Vice President of Windows responded to the outburst of Epic Game’s CEO Tim Sweeney to The Guardian the same day and he wrote;


“The Universal Windows Platform is a fully open ecosystem, available to every developer, that can be supported by any store. We continue to make improvements for developers; for example, in the Windows 10 November Update, we enabled people to easily side-load apps by default, with no UX required.

“We want to make Windows the best development platform regardless of technologies used, and offer tools to help developers with existing code bases of HTML/JavaScript, .NET and Win32, C+ + and Objective-C bring their code to Windows, and integrate UWP capabilities. With Xamarin, UWP developers can not only reach all Windows 10 devices, but they can now use a large percentage of their C# code to deliver a fully native mobile app experiences for iOS and Android. We also posted a blog on our development tools recently.”

It seems that the Microsoft is still unclear about their plans, or maybe they are not revealing it fully. Maybe they have some next level plans for the Xbox One as recently, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer made comments regarding Xbox One getting hardware support, which resulted in big controversy across the Internet.

Source: The Guardian