What you need to know
- Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has sparked fury on Twitter after likening its lawsuit against Apple to the civil rights movement.
- Sweeney later said the comparison was not to "the wrongs being fought" but the means of fighting them.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has sparked fury on Twitter, after reportedly likening the company's lawsuit to the civil rights movement.
The comments were first noted in an article by TechCrunch:
Specifically, Sweeney reportedly stated:
The initial article has garnered a lot of negative attention from onlookers, with more than 890 quote tweets and plenty of comments, the vast majority of them unflattering. One jested:
Sweeney then doubled down on his view, asking "Hey critics, please read what I said and tell me if it's actually wrong: When the rules were wrongful, it was right to disobey them. That's the comparison to the civil rights movement."
Plenty of people took Sweeney up on his offer, one comment stating:
The comments even drew ire from social media activists Sleeping Giants who simply responded "NOPE":
“Fighting to collect a greater percentage our millions of dollars in in-app purchases is like John Lewis marching on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.”“Fighting to collect a greater percentage our millions of dollars in in-app purchases is like John Lewis marching on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.”— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) November 19, 2020November 19, 2020
As mentioned, Sweeney then clarified his comments in response to the above "false equivalency" retort stating:
Sweeney further noted that the comments were made "in answer to the question of why Epic broke Apple's developer guidelines the way we did" before stating:
The incident follows Apple's announcement that it will halve the App Store commission rate developers pay to 15% from next year if they earn less than $1 million. Whilst plenty of indie developers welcomed the news, Epic Games and Spotify blasted the move as a bid to divide app creators.
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