Epic plans to address its store's threadbare feature set, and has published a roadmap that lays out what the company wants to add to the store over the next year. Epic has now stepped in to defend itself from those accusations, while also admitting to an "outdated implementation" that can make unauthorized access to local Steam information. Some of those concerns could be explained away by the Epic Games Store being a glorified web browser; others could not.
"Epic is controlled by Tim Sweeney", said Vogel. Vogel also pointed to the open source code behind features like the anonymized hardware survey, the Unreal Editor, and the Chromium-based launcher UI, which he said cause most of what the original post identifies as "sketchy" app activity. He also said that the Epic Store doesn't use the Steam API due to Epic's own user privacy concerns, not regarding Steam's API in particular, but because of a "general concern of APIs collecting more data than expected".
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Still, Sweeney acknowledged that Epic making local access to Steam files without direct permission might justifiably rub some users the wrong way. The launcher makes an encrypted local copy of your localconfig.vdf Steam file.
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Regarding the exclusive deal with Ubisoft for The Division 2, Sweeney had this to say.
For Epic's part, it has not said that the entire file is uploaded, only that it parses out user IDs and uploads hashes of them, should users import Steam friends. "The current implementation is a remnant left over from our rush to implement social features in the early days of Fortnite. Since this issue came to the forefront we're going to fix it", said the CEO.More news: Paris Jackson is 'Doing Fine' After Recent Hospitalization
In a statement sent to Bleeping Computer today, Valve's Doug Lombardi said that the company is "looking into what information the Epic launcher collects from Steam".
"There's Steam offering Valve games, Origin offering EA games, Battle.net offering Activision and Bungie games, Epic Games offering games from many publishers". The localconfig.vdf file doesn't just contain a friends list-it also stores information about the games someone owns, saved login tokens, and other data that's only meant to be used by Steam. But it's clear that Epic might not have been as ready as it thought to release a game launcher that could compete with Steam.More news: Police question suspect in murder of New York Mafia boss