Video Game Developer Looks To Toss Players’ Antitrust Suit

July 27, 2021

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.


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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