Game Maker’s antitrust case referred to the drawing board

By Bryan Koenig (Nov 23, 2021, 6:53 p.m. EST) – Game developer Wolfire will have to retake his proposed antitrust class action against online gaming giant Valve after a federal judge in Seattle finds the lawsuit does not show adequately that Valve’s ability to charge a 30% commission is based solely on its purported efforts to limit game distribution alternatives.

U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour on Friday dismissed Wolfire Games LLC’s claims, but gave the company an opportunity to change its claims that Valve is forcing developers to comply with “most-favored-nation” provisions. . These measures prevent developers who sell games on Valve’s hugely popular Steam gaming platform from offering better prices elsewhere …

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