- Court documents show that Apple is trying to summon Valve in a battle with Epic Games.
- Valve declined to provide certain information about its revenue and hosting games.
- Valve said that because it is not a mobile platform, Apple asked for too much information.
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Apple’s struggle with Epic Games is clearly dragging other video game companies into its network.
A joint court letter filed Thursday by Ars Technica found that Apple has been trying to seek help from Valve, the company behind the popular online game store Steam.
Since August, Apple has been in legal proceedings with Epic Games, the studio behind the popular “Fortnite”
Apple requires app developers to use its own payment system, which automatically imposes a 30% tax on in-app purchases. Epic Games claimed that this was an anti-competitive behavior and decided in August to implement its own payment system, after which Apple removed “Fortnite” from the App Store.
Epic Games subsequently filed a lawsuit against Apple, and the two companies have been fighting since. Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to provide a seven-hour lawsuit before filing a lawsuit in May. Epic Games maintained the pressure and filed an antitrust lawsuit against the European Union this week.
Valve is not directly involved in the legal battle between the two companies. Apple said it is requesting documents showing Valve’s annual sales and revenue, as well as information (including pricing) for each application on Steam to understand the Epic Games market.
Apple complained in the letter that Valve refused to comply with some of its information requirements and made extensive changes to the information when it transferred it.
Valve claims that Apple is asking for too much information because Valve is not a concerned party in the fight with Epic Games, nor is it a mobile platform. In a broader sense, Valve also claims that because it is a publisher of PC games, the information it can provide is basically unrelated to the struggle between Apple and Epic Games.
The letter said: “Valve will not produce or sell phones, tablets or video games for mobile devices, nor will it compete in the mobile market.” It added that Apple’s requirements would impose “a huge burden” on Valve. To collect all the data Apple wants.
Valve said in the letter: “Apple requires Steam to provide extensive and highly confidential information on some PC games, but it does not show the size or parameters of the relevant market. It would be a huge burden to aggregate them together.”
Apple believes that because Samsung has followed similar requirements, Valve must be forced to provide information. Valve’s objection is that Samsung is a public company and is therefore used to keeping records of this type of information, which can be generated faster and easier.
“In some way, in the dispute over mobile apps, a PC game manufacturer that did not compete in the mobile market or sell’apps’ was portrayed as a key figure,” Wall said. “That is not the case.