TikTok, a popular video-sharing application, is going to be removed from US App Stores on Sunday. Recently, US tech giants like Microsoft and Oracle were in talks with ByteDance to purchase TikTok. Trump gave the deadline of September 15th and said:
Tiktok will be be out of business in the United States on September 15th unless it’s purchased by an American company.
However, no US company has purchased Tiktok yet, so President Trump Administration is finally banning the application from the US App Stores. Wechat is also getting removed from the App Stores. This is said to be a “significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data”. Now that TikTok and Wechat are getting banned President Trump Administration is looking at the gaming studios like Epic Games and Riot Games. Fortnite was made by Epic Games and League of Legends was developed by Riot Games.
The issue appears to be the two companies’ relationship with Chinese conglomerate Tencent.
Riot Games was acquired by Tencent, a Chinese company, back in 2011. Tencent also owns a 40% share in Epic Games. Riot Games also developed the Valorant, which is currently a really popular game. Tencent pretty much owns a share in every popular gaming studio. Is President Trump planning to ban them all?
Back in August, Fortnite was removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The entire controversy started when Epic Games announced Epic Direct on Thursday, 13 August 2020. Epic Direct allowed Fortnite players to pay for the in-game items directly, thus allowed Epic to avoid paying a 30 percent fee for the transactions. The 30 percent cut earns Google and Apple millions in revenue. However, Android users can still play the game but it can’t be said about Apple users.
Masab Farooque is a Tech Geek, Writer, and Founder at The Panther Tech. He is also a lead game developer at 10StaticStudios.
When he is not writing, he is mostly playing video games