This week, certain corners of the Internet Gaming, there is a bit of self-reported "amateur analysis" which suggests that there is a "sketch-sketch" activity, there on the side of the Epic Game Store and its software launched . Epic has now entered to defend itself from those allegations, and is also introducing an “outdated application” which can allow unauthorized access to local Steam information.
The Reddit post "Epic Game Store, Spyware, Tracking, and You!" it highlights a broad set of implications based on traffic observations of wide access to files and a network when the Epic Game is running. But a large part of the job is aimed at combining Epic with Tencent, a Chinese gaming giant, who has a share of his company.
"Tencent is a significant shareholder, but an elite in Epic," wrote Tim Sweeney, co-founder and CEO in reply. with the conspiracy theory in one strand Reddit. "I am the regulatory shareholder of Epic … The decisions Epic makes are my decisions, made here in North Carolina, based on my beliefs as a developer of games about the game industry's needs!"
Sweeney offered a similar defense of Epic's relationship with Tencent back in December, when similar concerns came together. "Epic does not share user data with Tencent or any other company," he wrote at the time. "We do not share it, nor sell it, or broker it for advertising as many other companies do. I am the founding and regulatory shareholder of Epic and this would not allow him to happen."
"Epic is controlled by Tim Sweeney," VP Engineering Epic Daniel Vogel added to him in response to another recent strand. "We have many external shareholders, none of whom have access to customer data."
Vogel provided explanations for some other activity relating to the Epic Games Store. For example, a track.js file is used to track income sharing statistics for the Epic Support-a-Creator program, which he wrote. Vogel also focused on the open source code behind the features such as the anonymous hardware survey, the Unreal Editor, and the Chromium-based Launcher UI, which said that it puts most of the things that recognize it. the original post is implemented as a “separated” app action.
Vogel acknowledges, however, that "the launcher makes an encrypted local copy of your Localconfig.vdf Steam file" automatically and without the express permission of a user. However, he writes, that broken file is not sent to Epic unless you choose to import Steam friends to the Epic Game Store to match matches with others who chose to enter.
However, Sweeney admitted that doing local epic may have access to Steam files without direct permission to find a wrong way on some users. "These guys have the right you just should not access the localconfig.vdf file after the user imports Steam friends," he wrote on Reddit. "The current application is a remnant of our drugs to implement social aspects in the early days of Fortnite . quickly and then recognize that we were going to set it. "
" This type of independent analysis is a healthy trend that data and software have access to. I'd love to see it more widely, "Sweeney wrote in another opinion. "When analyzing the results, it is important to distinguish between the ordinary and the abnormal … and technical analysis to separate inflammatory rhetoric, such as the crazy demand that we work with Chinese spies."