In April of this year, Overgrowth developer Wolfire Games filed an antitrust lawsuit against Valve, claiming that Steam’s dominance in the PC game market allows it to extract an “extraordinarily high share” from its store sales. Valve responded in July, claiming that Wolfire’s complaint failed to meet “the most basic requirements for antitrust cases,” and therefore requested the judge to dismiss it. In the ruling submitted today, the judge in the case agreed with Valve’s view.
The ruling may be in full Court listener, Said Wolfire’s lawsuit was insufficient on two different points. First, Valve’s claim that the Steam store was illegally tied to the platform—essentially using Steam’s near-monopoly library, launcher, and social media platform to force people to buy games through the Steam storefront—was dismissed because of the allegations in the lawsuit. It shows that the Steam platform and storefront are actually “a single product in the integrated game platform and trading market.”
Wolfire’s lawsuit also claimed that Valve used its near-monopoly position to charge sellers an exorbitant fee (30%), which is unsustainable in a highly competitive market. This statement sparked some interesting conversations earlier this year, but the judge rejected the argument and pointed out that Valve’s views have not changed throughout Steam’s history, even though other online stores that charge lower percentages come and go. .
“So it seems that market reality, at least in defense, is [Valve’s] The cost is commensurate with the value of the Steam platform to game publishers,” the ruling stated.
The judgment also cited other legal opinions and precedents, but in the final analysis, Wolfire’s lawsuit “failed to clarify enough facts to reasonably allege antitrust damage based on the market.”
Therefore, Valve’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit was approved-but only partially. The dismissal was approved without prejudice, which means that Wolfire has 30 days to amend its complaint to resolve the shortcomings cited, and then resubmit. I have contacted Valve and Wolfre to comment on this matter and I will update if I receive a response.