His comments are rooted in the current dispute between Epic Games and both Apple and Google, over their respective app stores and the royalties associated with them. The dispute with Apple has dominated the headlines, as the two spar in court. It started when Epic Games suddenly decided to update Fortnite so that players could make purchases from within the mobile app, effectively bypassing Apple's and Google's 30 percent cut.
In speaking with NPR, Sweeney called both outfits a monopoly, and even accused them of "colluding" with developers, in a manner of speaking.
"It's not just Epic being exploited by Apple, but it's every developer who goes along with that scheme colluding with Apple and Google to further their monopoly. These stores are making a lot more money from creative works than the creators," Sweeney said.
"Every Apple engineer who works on these services and ensures that iPhone is the most secure platform in the world has got to deeply resent the business guys for taking credit and claiming that their store monopoly is the reason why the platform is secure. It's just not true," Sweeney added.
How this all ends is anyone's guess.