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Judge dismisses antitrust lawsuit filed against Valve

The antitrust lawsuit against Valve has been dismissed. This allegation sparked an interesting conversation earlier this year, but a judge dismissed the argument and pointed out that Valve’s position has remained the same throughout Steam history, even though other online retailers that charge a lower percentage of Business come and go. Rejection is unbiased, that is, Wulfire has 30 days to amend his complaint to eliminate the above-mentioned defects, and then resubmit it. Valve charges a 15% transaction fee for these sales, and game publishers who use the Steam market need to pay transaction fees. The case was initially settled in favor of Valves, allowing them to withdraw from the contract due to infringement and seek other publisher partners for retail copies of their games while continuing to work on Steam.

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An antitrust lawsuit filed against Valve in January of this year argued that Valve is forcing developers to enter into a Most Favored Nation Pricing Agreement in order to publish games on Steam, which required developers to rate their games the same as on other platforms, made on Steam, thereby stifling the competition.

In April of this year, Overgrowth developer Wolfire Games filed an antitrust lawsuit against Valve, claiming that Steam’s dominance in the PC game market allows it to extract a “very large share” of its store. Valve responded in July, arguing that Wulfires’ complaint did not meet “the most basic requirements for antitrust cases,” and therefore asked the judge to dismiss it.

Epics’ounce of success against Apple, still, is also significant compared to the earlier-filed lawsuit against Valve and Steam initiated by Wolfire Games. The antitrust proceeding by Wolfire Games ended this Friday when the judge ruled the court in Valves’ favor. Wolfire Games filed a lawsuit in April explaining that Steam was strangling competition and charging huge fees. The Wolfire case, like the Epics v Apple case, claims that Valve created an anti-competitive marketplace with Steam. First, they claim that Valve is unethically associating the Steam store to the platform as using Steam’s almost-monopoly as a library, launcher, and social media platform to force people to buy games through the Steam store.

Over the past year, antitrust lawsuits are getting a lot of attention especially with big publishers like Epic Games suing both Google Play and the Apple App Store. Valve is said to be using “anti-competitive methods” to maintain market dominance by forcing it to pay “super-competitive taxes” to game publishers.



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