The developer once again takes the software giant’s questionable moves under discussion
Founder of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, has been vocal about his sentiments on the gaming industry. The developer had expressed his feelings about Universal Windows Platform and Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) attempt to try to build a wall around its platform by keeping games exclusives to Windows Store.
In a recent interview with Edge magazine, Tim Sweeney expressed his belief that Microsoft will try to dominate the digital store competition by crippling Steam on Windows 10.
“Slowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken.”
He believes that the effect will happen gradually, but it will never be completely broken, just enough to make gamers sigh in despair and seek Windows Store as an alternative. It is true that Microsoft has begun pushing new first-party games behind Windows 10 and Windows Store exclusivity. The fact that the company has over 270 million users actively using the new operating system gives it the power to dictate its policies to people who have no other option. If a gamer wants to play the upcoming Gears of War 4, he must jump to Windows 10 and buy it from the Windows Stores – there really is no other option.
Another fear outlined by the developer is that if Microsoft succeeds in convincing people to use UWP instead of Win32, they could use Windows Store to distribute it. “Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform,” he added.
It is certainly a dangerous thought awaiting Microsoft’s response. Previously, the company had responded to Tim Sweeney’s comments and invited him for an open discussion.