Bloomberg Law
May 9, 2022, 3:10 PM

Valve Loses Bid to End Antitrust Case Over Steam Gaming Platform

Mike Leonard
Mike Leonard
Legal Reporter

Valve Corp. must face antitrust litigation over claims that “most favored nation” policies for its Steam distribution platform have driven up video game prices across the industry, a federal judge in Seattle ruled.

Judge John C. Coughenour let part of the case move forward in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, saying it’s plausible Valve exploits its market dominance to threaten and retaliate against developers that sell games for less through other retailers or platforms.

The company “allegedly enforces this regime through a combination of written and unwritten rules” imposing its own conditions on how even ...

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