Epic Games' data storage privacy problem continues: Steam vendor Valve has suggested that Epic Steam launcher copies user data – and states that this is being investigated.
Epic Might Be Concerned About Epic The Launcher works with Steam-related things on people's PCs after it's discovered that Epics app has copied a Steam user data file called localconfig.vdf.
Epic has certified that the Launcher creates a locally encrypted copy of your localconfig.vdf file, but insists that it imports only your Steam Friends with your explicit permission.
"Information from this file will only be sent to Epic when you import your Steam Friends, so only your friends' hashed IDs will be sent and no further information will be sent from the file."
Epic boss Tim Sweeney has come Epic "should only access the localconfig.vdf file after the user has imported Steam Friends" before promising to fix the problem.
However, in a statement to BleepingComputer.com, Valve expressed concern about the situation and said, "We're investigating what information the Epic Launcher collects from Steam."
"The Steam client stores locally data such as the list of games you own, your friend list, and saved logon tokens (similar to the information stored in web browser cookies)," said Valve.
"This is private user data that is stored on the user's home computer and is not intended to be used by other programs or uploaded to a third-party service."
"Interested users can find this. Find localconfig.vdf and other Steam configurations n Files in the Steam client installation directory and open them in a text editor to see what data is contained in those files. You can also view all details about your Steam account: https://help.steampowered.com/accountdata."[19659012 "" data-uri = "2019 / articles / 2019-03-16-16- 06 / epic_games_store.jpg "/>
Valve and Epic have closed the horns since the Fornite manufacturer targeted its own PC game store on Steam in December 2018. Since then, Epic has been bidding for developers with a higher revenue share than Steam and PC players with time-limited exclusives high-profile games like Metro: Exodus and The Division 2, as well as indie games like Satisfactory and Phoenix Point.
When Epic announced that he had taken over Metro Exodus from Steam, where for some time a shop page was open for pre-orders, Valve made a statement stating that the move was "unfair" to Steam customers. The two gaming giants now look for another mini rumble on Steam privacy. What Valve intends to do in response to Epic's invasion of his territory remains to be seen, but it is clear that the war has just begun for the hearts and minds of PC players.