This week, Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple should get a lot of talk. The publisher of Fortnite criticizes the tech giant for its 30% billing on the App Store during each transaction. It is precisely for this reason that Humble Bundle has decided to sue Valve, the publisher of Steam.
The American firm accuses the giant in the sale of PC video games of anti-competitive practices: ” Valve is abusing its market power to ensure that publishers have no choice but to sell most of their video games on the Steam Store, where they are subject to the 30% fee set by Valve. “.
“Publishers are reluctant to go through the Humble Bundle”
In his argument that our colleagues from The Verge, Humble Bundle estimates that Valve controls about 75% of the entire PC video game market, with $ 6 billion in revenue. An amount obtained only thanks to this 30% withholding applied to each transaction.
In detail, Humble Bundle considers itself a victim of Valve’s practices. The company also explains that “ publishers have become increasingly reluctant to participate in Humble Bundle events, decreasing the quantity and quality of products available to customers “. They fear that buyers will resell their keys on other merchant sites, which would then expose them to prosecution.
Among the other arguments put forward to try to prove the harm to competition, we find the idea that no company has succeeded in breaking into the market, including Epic Games which promises developers a much better share. In addition, Steam would prevent publishers from selling their games for less elsewhere. Finally, giants like EA and Microsoft have decided to resell their games on Steam, which would tend to demonstrate the power of the platform vis-à-vis its rivals.
As of yet, Valve has yet to respond to these accusations. One can imagine, however, that the company has taken note of it and will respond to it in due course.