If you’re going to write about Epic Games and Tim Sweeney, the least you can do is read his words.

The metaverse, on the other hand, frees app builders from the Apple-Google duopoly’s stranglehold on mobile software.

“Apple and Google’s AAPL, +0.67% GOOG, -0.21% rules prohibit other firms from creating the metaverse to protect it from domination by these two companies and the possibility of them taxing it,” he added.

Sweeney’s comments were his latest shots against the two firms that Epic is suing for anti-competitive reasons. Epic is one of several developers, including Meta Platforms Inc. FB, -1.32% Match Group Inc.

“Apple locks a billion users into one store and payment processor,” Sweeney complained. “Now Apple is subject to tyrannical foreign laws that monitors individuals and deprives them of political liberties. However, Apple is flouting Korean democracy in this situation.

“The service fee has never been simply for payment processing,” a Google Play Store representative responded in an emailed response.