Apple has had several legal conflicts with companies targeting gamers in recent years, it has had a fight with Epic Games that one own payment system added to Fortnite for iOS. Now Apple has sued Steam developer Valve in its fight against Epic.
The company believes that Steam sales data is needed to calculate Epics’ market value of its game distribution channels. That is stated in the subpoena submitted last Thursday. Apple is asking for what it says is a ‘limited amount of information’ on total annual sales of apps and in-app purchases, outside sales due to Steam, total sales from Steam in the special and profit (gross or net) from Steam.
The Cupertino company says it has already requested Valve to compile such a list, but that Valve declined to cooperate because it considers the request “strange and unrestricted.” After all, Valve is a party that has nothing to do with the Apple and Epic issue.
There is also a need for information about the prices, price changes and turnover of each individual game. It now concerns 426 games with introduction dates that go back to six years ago. Apple initially requested a list of its full library of more than 30,000 games spanning a decade, according to the document. Valve says Apple is trying to use a ‘shorter route’, it could also have asked any individual developers what their revenue figures and the like are.
It is striking in itself that Apple is making this maneuver, but you can consider that Steam can be seen as a major competitor to the App Store. In addition, the integrated GPU of the M1-soc powerful enough for games and work is also being done on more powerful Apple chips. So it is certainly possible that it is considered to develop a competitor for Steam and that the data will also be used for that.
Source: Hardware Info Compleet by nl.hardware.info.
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