Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney Calls Windows 10 ‘Ransomware’

‘Windows Cloud is ransomware.’

Posted By | On 08th, Feb. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


Epic Games’ CEO Tim Sweeney has a bit of a problem with Windows 10. He has spoken out against the OS in the past, and how he thinks Microsoft will throttle all third party movement and content on the platform to take control of everything and anything (theories that he himself has gone back on).

Now, he’s at it again. Last week, a low end Windows 10 SKU leaked (emphasized to ensure that the reader understands that it’s not even an officially announced or confirmed product yet). It’s called Windows 10 Cloud, and it’s apparently the Windows equivalent of Chrome OS, off loading most of its processing to the cloud to deliver a low cost, affordable computing solution to customers with limited computing needs. Windows 10 Cloud is allegedly going to be free, but will apparently only run UWP apps (which, given its nature and definition, appears to be a fair restriction). To emphasize, Windows 10 Cloud is not officially announced, and is not even meant to be the main Windows 10 version that will be pushed to all users- it’s just meant to be a low cost solution for families that don’t have high end computing needs.

With that in mind, let’s look at the latest that Sweeney has to say about Windows 10. Taking to Twitter (via NeoWIN), Sweeney suddenly posted that Windows 10 is ‘ransomware’ that will ‘steal your PC game library and ransom it back to you for a price.’ He goes on to add that ‘Microsoft will also be ransoming Unreal Engine, Unity, Photoshop, 3D Studio, and Maya,’ and that they will be making you ‘pay for the privilege of buying software from someone other than Microsoft.’

He doubles down on this stance by calling Windows 10 ‘ransomware,’ and listing software that won’t be usable on the new OS.

Now, of course, there are so many problems with his stance: a) Windows 10 Cloud is not even an officially announced product yet; b) Windows 10 Cloud is an optional version available to those who find it up for their computing needs (mostly the education sector, that took to Chromebooks like flies to honey); c) Microsoft aren’t even locking down Windows 10 Cloud that badly- while Win32 apps will indeed not be allowed, UWP apps can be sideloaded on to the system, bypassing Microsoft’s own store entirely; and d), you don’t have to use Windows 10 Cloud. In fact, most people won’t. The bulk of the nearly billion PCs on the market will be running full fledged versions of Windows 10.


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  • Terminator

    “He has spoken out against the OS in the past, and how he thinks Microsoft will throttle all third party movement and content on the platform to take control of everything and anything (theories that he himself has gone back on).”

    “Now, of course, there are so many problems with his stance: a) Windows 10 Cloud is not even an officially announced product yet; b) Windows 10 Cloud is an optional version available to those who find it up for their computing needs (mostly the education sector, that took to Chromebooks like flies to honey); c) Microsoft aren’t even locking down Windows 10 Cloud that badly- while Win32 apps will indeed not be allowed, UWP apps can be sideloaded on to the system, bypassing Microsoft’s own store entirely; and d), you don’t have to use Windows 10 Cloud. In fact, most people won’t. The bulk of the nearly billion PCs on the market will be running full fledged versions of Windows 10.”

    In other words Tim Whiny is full of it and is just mad Microsoft took is lollipop.

  • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

    Think he makes some interesting points.
    The windows store for games as been a flop.
    If they can slowly stuff up steam, be in Micosoft’s best interest of course.

    • kma99

      It has nothing to do with thr windows store. Jeez can you read

    • Tactical Lag-fighting tips

      reading between the lines

    • kma99

      There is no line you need to read between. We are talking about a on-line web site to an operating system.

  • berj79

    This guy is just upset about not having the Gears of War franchise anymore.. Coalition are way better then this idiot & his team.

    • Bruce

      Uh they made way more money selling their engine than games. Games are STILL using even the older Unreal 3 engine. Look at Batman AK as an example. Go back to your Xbox/console war and leave this discussion to people who know what they are talking bout.

    • Luke Skywalker

      I’m at a loss in making the connection that you made….i mean, how did money get into it? So what if they make more money selling their game engine, from what I can see that’s the only thing they are able to make money on since all their other games are a flop.
      Anyway, Epic games (mark rein and tencent) opted to sell the game to Microsoft but Tim wanted to keep it…what’s not to be upset about?
      The best and most popular game you’ve ever made is not yours anymore…seriously what’s not to be upset about?

      I believe he has a right to be upset, but I also believe there’s a point where he took it way too far and way too seriously.

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  • Anything Windows 8 & up is Ransomware, they’re just perfecting it in 10 to work on the complete hijack of your MIND in the next OS. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5c89849706cf2719bc10b662b4482dceeea13525e55ea8fb9e2f21ba2280ddc1.jpg

    • Troy Marcel

      Go back to wearing your tin foil hat

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