Apple subpoenas Valve as part of its legal battle with Epic: Valve fights back

A new court filing has revealed that, as part of the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Epic Games, Apple subpoenaed Valve Software in November 2020, demanding it provide huge amounts of commercial data about Steam sales and operations going over multiple years.

A brief primer: the dispute between Epic and Apple began in August 2020, when Epic added a new payment system to Fortnite’s iOS version that bypassed Apple’s 30 percent fee. Apple retaliated almost immediately by removing Fortnite from the App Store. Epic replied in-kind by rolling out a Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite promo, based on Apple’s famous 1984 Macintosh ad, and then a few minutes after that—this all happened on the same day—filed a lawsuit against Apple over Fortnite’s removal. Since when there has been plenty of legal back-and-forth between the two parties.

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