Apple asks Valve to disclose Steam confidential data in order to fight Epic

Due to the Apple tax, the disputes between Epic and Apple were raging, and even caused iOS platform users to be unable to play the latest Fortnite. The contradiction between the two parties has not yet been resolved. According to foreign media reports, in November 2020, Apple also asked Valve to disclose confidential Steam data to counter Epic.

According to PCgamer reports, in November last year, Apple had summoned Valve and asked it to cooperate in providing detailed data on the Steam platform in terms of game name, price, configuration requirements, release date, revenue, and promotion records. But Steam obviously does not want to do this, after all, it is data accumulated over the years, and it does not want to give Apple easily.

Apple asks Valve to disclose Steam confidential data in order to fight Epic
Apple asks Valve to disclose Steam confidential data in order to fight Epic

Apple believes that the Steam data they need is related to this case, because Steam is the dominant digital game sales channel in the PC market and a direct competitor of Epic Mall. Moreover, Apple believes that these data are already “historical data”, “will not involve market assessment”, “will not cause economic losses” and other major risks. For such a request, Valve’s lawyers said that Apple’s request will bring a lot of work, which must be met at a “huge cost”, and the final result will only have little or no value.

In the end Valve stated that he would cooperate with Apple within a reasonable range, but would not meet its requirements for commercial data.