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Valve antitrust lawsuit leads to questions about Steam’s unwritten rules

Lawsuit claims Valve is abusing its market dominance to keep prices high

A couple of weeks ago, Overgrowth developer Wolfire Games filed an antitrust lawsuit against Valve, alleging that it uses Steam’s dominant position in the digital gaming marketplace to extract “an extraordinarily high cut from nearly every sale that passes through its store.” In a blog post that went up last week, Wolfire founder David Rosen explained his rationale for the suit. 

One of the central complaints in Rosen’s lawsuit is that Valve prevents other storefronts from competing on price by making developers promise not to sell their Steam games at a lower price on other stores. Rosen said he ran into that issue when he decided to release Overgrowth at a lower price on other storefronts in order to take advantage of their lower commission rates.


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