Apple requires Valve to provide massive amounts of commercial data about Steam sales and operations over several years. The move comes amid Apple’s ongoing battle over Epic Games’ efforts to avoid paying App Store fees.
Apple argues that Steam data is necessary to calculate the size of the market for Epic Games’ available distribution channels, as Epic Games could theoretically offer their games through Steam as well as other digital markets.
But data is also of great value in assessing the game and app market, an area in which Apple’s iOS app store continues to compete with the Steam market.
And Valve maintains that Apple’s demands are unusual and are opposed to the demand, which Apple wants from Valve documents showing the following:
- Total annual sales of in-app apps and products.
- Annual advertising revenue from Steam.
- Annual sales of external products attributed to Steam.
- Steam annual revenue.
- Annual revenue either gross or net from Steam.
Apple said in the filing: The courts asked Samsung to provide nearly identical information, andAdditionally, Apple is also asking Valve for documents that state:
- The name of each app via Steam.
- Date range when the app was available via Steam.
- The app price and any in-app product are available via Steam.
Valve argues that the requests are over-general, and said: Apple gave us a list of 436 video games that they are available through the Epic Game Store and Steam and asked us to identify every release and all digital content or items for each of these games through Steam from 2015 to the present, to Besides providing comprehensive information on each of them.
The information requested includes sale dates, price changes, total revenue for the game release and items, split individually, and Valve’s revenue related to these releases, content, and items.
Valve explains that these demands impose an extraordinary burden on it in order to query, process, and combine a massive amount of documents to create the documents that Apple requires, and that it does not keep this data as part of the normal course of work.
The filing indicates that Apple has reduced its request for data from all 30,000+ games via Steam over ten years to 436 games over six years.