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Posts tagged “Tim Sweeney”

Epic Games CEO says devs and stores should be apolitical – as if that was possible

Tim Sweeney, the CEO of Fortnite and Unreal Engine makers Epic Games, has said a load of daftness about what he imagines are the problems of politics in games. During his keynote speech at the Design Innovate Communicate Entertain summit (DICE) yesterday, Sweeney suggested there's a serious problem of some games becoming political because marketing departments force politics upon the developers. What a daftie. As…

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Feature: A beginner's guide to game design

Have you played… ZZT?

I owe my game design passion at least in part to ZZT - the wonderfully obscure 1991 ANSI art game by Tim Sweeney, that chap who went on to found Epic Games and create the Unreal Engine. I have no idea how long I played ZZT as a child, bumping heads with centipedes made of zeroes and running away from Pi symbols that the game…

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Epic’s CEO shouldn’t be riling the mob going after Ooblets over its Epic exclusivity

As many good-lookin' small-budget games are wont to, Ooblets has signed a timed exclusivity deal with the Epic Games Store in exchange for extra funding. That's common enough that we didn't even post about it. Also disappointingly common is the harrassment which follows, here directed at Glumberland, the tiny two-person development team behind the 'kinda Pokémon with cute dance-offs' game. The studio misjudged the tone…

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Epic Store would end exclusives if Steam gave devs larger cut, CEO claims

Epic Games would halt their plan of paying for games to launch exclusively on their Store if Valve committed to taking a smaller cut of Steam sales, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has claimed. That's quite a remarkable claim - and one he can probably make feeling confident he won't be called on it any time soon. I'd like the public record to show that if…

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Feature: 20 years later...

A retrospective of Unreal, from the people who made it

Unreal turned 20 years old this month. The extraterrestrial first-person shooter spawned (and showcased) a game engine whose descendants still motor on today. To commemorate all those screaming prisoners and innocent alien creatures killed at the hands of jumpy players, I got in touch with a handful of the original team and asked them to share their memories of making the first Skaarj conflict. This…

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Feature: The Epic outdoors

The Great Outdoors: Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney And Scans Of Scot-Zealand

In the furnished upper floor of the Epic booth at this year's GDC I sat down with company founder, Tim Sweeney. We were there – indoors and down a flight of stairs – to discuss the great outdoors. I wanted to know more about the challenges of producing outdoor environments using a game engine, how Epic themselves approach the challenge, and what the big areas…

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“Microsoft Is Moving Against The Entire PC Industry”, Says Epic Founder

Tim Sweeney, programmer and co-founder of Epic Games, says that "we must fight" Microsoft and their Universal Windows Platform (UWP) initiative, which makes certain Windows 10 features only available to developers who agree to sell their game via the official Windows Store. This is from an op-ed in The Guardian where Sweeney outlines his objections, arguing that "this is the most aggressive move Microsoft has…

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