Although one would think that the Epic Games Store would be great news for gamers everywhere, we've already heard somewhat malicious rumours of how all Epic's user data ends up with Tencent - a rumour that's now been refuted from the top.
Epic's CEO Tim Sweeney stated his case in a Reddit thread posted by a user called Amnail. The post states that Ubisoft has got to stop insisting on 'always online' games, which is something we've been rooting for ever since they came up with SecuROM, while dismissing the Epic Games Store as "literal Spyware and worse".
Sweeney however, wouldn't let the accusation go unanswered and wrote, "Epic does not share user data with Tencent or any other company. We don’t share it, sell it, or broker access to it for advertising like so many other companies do. I’m the founder and controlling shareholder of Epic and would never allow this to happen."
The man who steered Epic since they were Potomac also reminded that Epic Games are not a subsidiary of Tencent and as such, aren't privy to that sort of sensitive information. In short, "[Tencent] do not have any sort of access to [Epic's] customer data."
Moreover, much of the company's EULA terminology regarding consumer data is apparently there for protection in scenarios where they're forced to use third-party services. The first obvious suspects are Epic's servers and databases, which are hosted on Amazon Web Services, so some legal precautions had to be taken, Sweeney noted.
So, in case you've been worried about the possibility of Sweeney selling info on the dummy emails people create to play Fortnite over to the Chinese mega-corp, you may now stand at ease. Heck, we don't even know what sort of logic brought to this, especially considering that the Epic Games Store is a long-term project for the company and it would be madness to make such a misstep right at the start.
If Sweeney and Co play their cards right, the Epic Games Store will be Steam v2.0 for developers and gamers alike. The financial leverage it provides via royalties and bypassing of Unreal Engine 4 related costs could very well keep an indie developer afloat.
But yeah sure, they'd probably make more selling your browsing habits abroad. Also, am I the only one who hasn't seen the word 'literal' and its variants used properly, like, literally forever?