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Video Game Developer Looks To Toss Players’ Antitrust Suit

July 27, 2021

Law360
By Joyce Hanson

The video game developer behind a popular gaming platform has urged a Washington federal court to throw out gamers’ claims accusing it of monopolizing PC desktop platforms to force users to pay a 30% commission, arguing they have failed to show that the developer’s conduct violates antitrust laws.

Valve Corp., the Bellevue-based company behind online gaming platform Steam, told the court Monday in its motion to dismiss the proposed class action that the plaintiffs are merely attacking a popular integrated gaming service that consumers have come to value in a competitive market. The gamers in the consolidated suit have failed to adequately allege that the developer has engaged in unlawful conduct or antitrust injury, Valve said.

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Valve is represented by Gavin W. Skok, Laura P. Hansen and Kristen W. Broz of Fox Rothschild LLP and Charles B. Casper of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

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