A class action lawsuit was filed in Washington this week.
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Valve is facing yet another lawsuit. This time they are dealing with an antitrust case coming in the form of a class action lawsuit that was filed in Washington this week. The lawsuit claims that Valve, by way of Steam, suppresses competition.

According to Top Class Actions, the lawsuit was filed by Wolfire Games, William Herbert, and Daniel Escobar. Wolfire claims that they are paying "supracompetitive commissions" to Valve. Herbert and Escobar are merely PC gamers, not developers, and they claim that they have paid "supracompetitive prices for PC desktop games" that they bought on Steam.

The three groups claim that Valve "violates federal and state antitrust and unfair competition laws in its domination of the PC gaming market, and is seeking public injunctive relief and damages."

According to the claim, Valve, which was founded in 1996 by former Microsoft employees as a video game development company, has illegally monopolized the market and distorted and restrained competition through its Steam Store and Steam Gaming Platform.

“Game publishers are forced to use the Steam Store and give Valve 30% of nearly every sale if they want to gain access to the Steam Gaming Platform—access they need in order to sell,” the claim states, adding that the Steam Gaming Platform is the most popular platform on the market with the most users.

In order to afford Valve’s 30 percent commission, game publishers have to raise prices and can no longer afford to invest in innovation and creation, according to the class action lawsuit.

“Gamers are injured by paying higher retail prices caused by Valve’s high commissions. Competition, output, and innovation are suppressed, in ways that can never be fully redressed by damages alone.”
Interestingly, Wolfire Games is still selling their titles through Steam as of this writing. I would suggest that if you have any interest in their games, be they Overgrowth or the Receiver titles, you pick them up now before they mysteriously disappear off of the platform. I can't imagine they'll be hanging around for much longer given that the developer is suing Valve.