Epic Games is defending itself from accessing users’ data and transmitting information back to the company, without user’s knowledge.
Epic Games has been collecting data from root certificates and DLLs through Epic Games Store launcher and sending it back to the company, specifically Steam files as well.
Epic‘s vice president of engineering Daniel Vogel responded to this by saying tracking pixel was a part of the Support-A-Creator program, to “pay creators” and track page statistics, and root certificate and cookies access were “a result of normal web browser start up”.
Vogel also stated that “Epic is controlled by Tim Sweeney”, but it is important to notice that Tencent, a Chinese giant, owns a majority of Epic Games.
Epic Games announced that they are separating console players from mobile players for “better per-game experience”. Which means Xbox One and PS4 users will have their own pool and so as Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android players have their’s.
However, if players are already in cross-platform parties, this will not apply. Making cross-platform play across all platforms still available.