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Universal Windows Platform Gets another Slam from Epic Games CEO

Tim Sweeney, co-founder of Gears of War developer Epic Games, has been a vocal critic of Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform. In his latest salvo, Sweeney says he is concerned the company is trying to break competitors such as Steam.

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's Universal Windows Platform (UWP) serves many purposes for the company. It helps to entice developers from other platforms as porting apps to UWP requires less code. The plan unifies Microsoft's ecosystem and the company says gives users more choice. However, there are some who think Microsoft's plans for UWP are more nefarious.

co-founder and CEO Tim Sweeney has been among the most voracious critics of UWP. He has offered scathing opinions on the platform in March and May. Sweeney has expanded on what concerns him about Universal Windows in an interview. He previously said Microsoft was creating a monopoly, and speaking to Edge magazine he expands on that accusation:

Slowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make progressively worse and more broken,” says Sweeney. “They'll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seems like an ideal alternative. That's exactly what they did to their previous competitors in other areas.”

Sweeney's comments are particularly interesting because Epic Games works closely with Microsoft. The two companies worked on the original Gears of War trilogy together, Microsoft as publisher, Epic Games as developer.

Reason for Concern?

Gears of War 4 is just around the corner, but this time the Xbox property will be developed by The Coalition and Splash Damage. So are Sweeney's UWP comments just sour grapes for Epic Games not being on board for Gears 4? It would be easy to think that, but it's unlikely.

The split between Microsoft and Epic seemed amicable. Indeed, Epic Games even sold the rights of the franchise to Microsoft. Sweeney said his company making the fourth installment in the franchise was simply not financially viable.

So, Sweeney's concerns about the Universal Windows Platform appear genuine. Microsoft faces two problems. Firstly, Sweeney is hugely influential, so what he says tends to be noticed and followed. Secondly, he is unlikely to be the only one with such views. The company will need to address the concerns as the UWP concept grows in the coming months and years.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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