Valve has been ordered to hand over four years of sales data from over 400 games available on Steam, as part of the ongoing Epic Games Vs. Appelsak.
Apple had previously asked Valve for six years of sales data, any discounts and when they became available on Steam. They claim this information “Is crucial in calculating the total size of the market for Epic̵
Valve denied this request, as they did not keep such records, 99% of the over 30,000 games on Steam from third parties (including confidential data), and would require extensive man-hours to compile without compensation. Valve also stated that they did not compete in the mobile gaming area, which made comparisons with the Epic Games Store and App Store irrelevant to the case.
Apple reduced the request to 436 games available on both Steam and the Epic Games Store. This data would still have included (from 2015) all sales, price changes, gross revenue and all revenue related to all versions of these games and all digital content or merchandise. Valve also denied this, saying that Apple had not been able to provide evidence that they needed it for their case.
Law360 (via GamesIndustry.biz) now reports that California judge Thomas S. Hixson has ordered Valve to produce the documents; but reduced to the previous four years instead of six. He offered a little consolation to Valve with the comment “Apple has salted the earth with subpoenas, so do not worry, it’s not just you.”
As we previously reported, Epic Games announced that the price of the V-Bucks, Forniteits in-game real-time currency will permanently be 20% cheaper on all platforms. However, a new payment method was introduced on Android and iOS.
Instead of buying V-Bucks through Google Play and the App Store, respectively, Epic Games launched “Epic direct payment.” “When you choose to use epic direct payments,” the announcement explains, “You save up to 20% as Epic sends you payment processing savings.”
This is because Apple and Google collect a 30% fee through all V-Bucks purchased on their respective platforms. As such, the 20% drop has not been applied to purchases made through them. Epic Games says so “If Apple or Google lower your payment fees in the future, Epic will transfer the savings to you.”
Shortly after this announcement, both Apple and Google removed Fortnite from the App Store and Google Play Stores, respectively, due to Epic Games violating their Terms of Service.
Epic Games filed a lawsuit against both parties, citing that they had a monopoly on their stores on iOS and Android. Apple had reportedly threatened to close all Epic Games’ App Store developer accounts and cut development tools on iOS and Mac.
Epic Games may, however, have expected action from Apple, but has made a parody of Apple’s own 1984 advertisement; appeals to their fans to support them. Furthermore, the #FreeFortnite Cup was announced.
Apple later accused Sweeney of asking for an exception to the App Store terms. Sweeney tweeted that Apple’s statement was misleading, and presented screenshots of the alleged emails. Microsoft also provided a statement of support favoring Epic Games.
In late August, Apple closed Epic Games’ App Store developer account. This means that Epic Games will no longer be able to submit new apps, or updates to existing ones (for example Infinity Blade game).
Epic would successfully win a visit ban that month, refusing Apple to remove Unreal Engine-based games from the App Store (thus harming developers who used the engine for their games). Epic Games later filed an injunction banning Apple from “takes some unfavorable action against Epic. ”
In early September this year, Apple issued a lawsuit against Epic Games. There, they asked for compensation and compensation, claiming that Epic Games had done so “A little more than theft.” Both parties would later agree on a trial by a judge, rather than a jury. The trial is set for May 3, 2021.
Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers issued a preliminary injunction in October. Apple did not need to recover Fortnite in the App Store, but they had a curfew that prevented them from recalling developer tools from “Epic affiliates;“Like those who use the Unreal Engine for their game.
Judge Gonzales Rogers later dismissed two of Apple’s claims at a November 10 hearing, including their claim that Epic Games committed theft. She told Apple lawyer Anna Casey “You can not just say that it is independently unlawful. You actually have to have the facts. ”
Sweeney recently pulled Ireland to compare the lawsuits Epic Games vs. Apple with the civil rights movement. Epic Games also reportedly hired a lobbyist to propose a bill in North Dakota that would allow alternative payment methods in the App Store and Google Play.
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