Valve, the producers behind the popular game distribution platform Steam, will be forced to hand over total historical sales, price and other information about 436 games stored in the Apple store, as part of Apple vs.
As reported in a paid wall report by Law360, during a virtual discovery meeting on Wednesday, U.S. Judge Thomas S. Hixson ordered that Apple’s subpoena for Valve’s data be valid, but noted that Apple has “salted the ground with subpoenas,” and told Valve “not to worry, it’s not just Apple’s original subpoena requested data from Valve for Steam dating as far back as 2015, but the judge’s decision will only require Valve to produce data limited to as early as 2017.
Epic Games is in a heated legal battle with Apple over the App Store, claiming that the Cupertino technology giant is locking developers in its ecosystem, forcing them to pay a “30% tax” for in-app purchases. of many that Apple has promoted when trying to prove their point that theApp Store as a software distribution platform is no different from others.
Gavin W. Stok, an attorney representing Valve in the discovery hearing, urged Judge Hixson to dismiss the lawsuit and not force the company to produce the data. Stok says that Valve is run by a small team, and that collecting all the data Apple requires will require it to “dedicate more full-time employees”, and that it will not be able to guarantee that the request can be met on time.
Apple’s lawyer, Jay P. Srinivasan, says the request is feasible, pointing out that Apple could have asked for data on all 30,000 games on the Steam store, but that instead they are only asking for data on 436 games. Apple continued to defend its lawsuit, calling Valve a “prominent player” in the full picture of relevant markets such as the App Store.
Ahead of what is expected to be a heated court hearing set for July 2021 between Apple and Pepic Games, Valve has until mid-March to produce the data. We have contacted Valve for a comment on the judge’s ruling and will update the page when we hear back.