Valve ordered to hand over sales data for Epic vs Apple case

first_imgValve ordered to hand over sales data for Epic vs Apple caseBut judge limits request to four years, rather than the six years Apple originally asked forJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefFriday 26th February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleAppleEpic GamesValveA court has ruled that Valve must provide sales and pricing data to Apple as part of the iPhone maker’s ongoing legal battle with Epic Games.Law360 reports that California magistrate judge Thomas S. Hixson ordered the Steam firm must produce historial sales, pricing and other data for 436 games sold through its marketplace.Apple filed a subpoena requesting this information back in November, arguing that it will be highly relevant to its case, countering Epic’s allegations that its App Store engages in monopolistic practices.Valve originally refused, deeming the task to be too much of a burden given that it is not a party in the case, adding that Apple had not shown “substantial need” for the information.However, the court has ruled otherwise, offering the consolation: “Apple has salted the earth with subpoenas, so don’t worry, it’s not just you.”Hixson has made one amendment: Apple originally requested sales data on each of the games reaching back to 2015, but the judge has limited this to 2017.Apple is facing an antitrust lawsuit from Epic Games that began in August, when the tech giant removed Epic’s flagship game Fortnite from the App Store after direct payments were introduced — circumventing the 30% commission on all transactions Apple mandates from developers who use its marketplace.Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Epic filed a similar lawsuit against Google.Earlier this week, the Fortnite firm’s case against Apple was blocked from courts in the UK, with the Competition Appeal Tribunal ruling that it should be settled in the US.The US trial is set to take place in May.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesCEO says Paradox “can do better” as Q1 profits plummet”We are not satisfied with the quarter,” CEO Ebba Ljungerud saidBy Marie Dealessandri An hour agoStarbreeze’s Q1 losses shrink 95% to $505,000New CEO Tobias Sjögren says “the road ahead is clear” as Payday 3 is fully funded By James Batchelor An hour agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more