Valve, which is suing over the steam controller’s design, will pay $4 million to Corsair-owned company SCUF for patent infringement.
Valve was punished by the court for its steam controller device, which it had developed for a long time but stopped production in 2019. Board members in the lawsuit filed by SCUF, the company corsair produces game control equipment for, confirmed that the control surfaces on the back of the Steam controller belong to a design licensed by SCUF. Valve, who was found wrong, was fined $4 million.
SCUF, the manufacturer of high-end performance controllers owned by Corsair and which has a “comprehensive patent portfolio,” warned Valve in 2014 about the Steam Controller design and accused it of copying the wing/trigger mechanism located on the back of the device.
Disregarding this warning from SCUF, Valve launched Steam Controllers in 2015 and continued to produce 1.6 million units before shelving this hardware in 2019. The SCUF then took the case to court, and after many years, it proved proved proved justified. Parent company Corsair announced this week that the outcome of the case was in its favor. Members of the litigation panel ordered $4 million in damages to Corsair-affiliated firm SCUF for Valve’s intentional patent infringement with the Steam controller.
SCUF’s lawyers accused valve of abuse of control and copying this controller design despite knowing the risk. SCUF attorney Rober Becker said, “Valve knew that his conduct during which he during any unreasonable risk of violations, but he continued to violate it.” Valve’s lawyer, meanwhile, argued that the patent mentioned by the Steam Controller design did not comply with the outlines and that the plaintiff was unfair.
While the $4 million penalty is a sum that will not feel its loss for the Valve side, this incident will allow the company to be more careful with the patent issue in its work in the future.