In November 2020 Apple asked Valve for a large amount of business data from Steam to use in its lawsuit against Epic Games.
In the fight that is taking place between Apple and Epic Games a new actor has just appeared, Valve, to whom the Cupertino-based company requested a large amount of sensitive information from its Steam platform in order to be able to use it in the pending lawsuit against the video game developer.
Tim Cook’s company asked Valve for a large amount of data from Steam to use against Epic Games
As PC Gamer colleagues tell us Apple asked Valve in November of last year a lot of business data from Steam to use in your lawsuit against Epic Games.
We must remember that this dispute between Apple and Epic Games started in August 2020 when the developer added a new payment system to the version of her Fortnite video game on iOS to bypass, like this, the 30% commission that Apple charges developers when a user purchases an app or makes an in-app purchase from the App Store. This prompted the Cupertino-based company to make the decision to kick Fortnite out of your mobile app store, a fact that caused Epic Games to file a lawsuit against Apple to request the return of Fortnite to iOS.
After several meetings between the directors of Apple and Valve, the latter have refused to provide the company led by Tim Cook with the commercial data of their Steam platform that they request, indicating that such information is not relevant in your lawsuit against Epic Games.
Since then, opposing positions have been established between the two companies since, on the one hand, Apple affirms that the data requested from Valve are relevant in your lawsuit against Epic Games because Valve’s digital distribution service Steam is the largest distributor of digital games for computers today and as such is a direct competitor of the Epic Game Store.
On the other hand, Valve considers that it has already provided Apple with the necessary information in its lawsuit against Epic Games and refuses to provide the commercial data that it now requests, arguing that Steam is not a competitor in the mobile gaming segment and in fact, Fortnite is not on Steam. Also, Valve claims Apple is using to access a large amount of third party data, which legitimately belong to them.
Steam sensitive data that Apple would have requested from Valve are the following:
- The total annual sales of applications and products within the application.
- Steam’s annual advertising revenue.
- Annual sales of external products attributable to Steam.
- Annual revenue from Steam.
- Annual earnings (either gross or net) from Steam.
But this did not stop here because the Cupertino-based company would have requested, to older, Valve documentation with the following information:
- The name of each application on Steam.
- The date range in which these applications were available on Steam.
- The price of each app and any in-app purchases available on Steam.
We still don’t know how this will end dispute between Apple and Epic Games but the best thing for iOS users is that they agree that they can replay Fortnite on their devices.
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