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Epic Games Believes the Internet is Broken. This is Their Blueprint to Fix It.

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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, at the center of his "metaverse."

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney refers to the economic ecosystems created by Google, Apple, and other Silicon Valley giants as walled gardens, a term that came up frequently during Epics mostly unsuccessful antitrust lawsuit against Apple.

Credit: Ari Liloan/The Washington Post

To Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, people are tired of how today's Internet operates. He says the social media era of the Internet, a charge led by Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook, has separated commerce from the general audience, herding users together and directing them to targets of the company's choosing rather than allowing free exploration.

"Now we're in a closed platform wave, and Apple and Google are surfing that wave too," Sweeney said. "As we get out of this, everybody is going to realize, 'Okay we spent the last decade being taken advantage of.'"

For years now, he has eyed a solution: the metaverse. And steadily, over several years, Epic has been acquiring a number of assets and making strategic moves with the goal of making Sweeney's vision for the metaverse a reality.

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