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Valve’s Steam Controller just cost the company $4 million – here’s why

Valve’s Steam Controller was a quirky device that tried to combine the accuracy of a mouse with the functionality of a traditional game controller. And while it never really achieved that lofty goal, the studio behind Half-Life: Alyx probably didn’t predict that the Steam Controller would cost them $4 million in damages. 

Valve has been ordered to pay the princely sum to SCUF Gaming (thanks, VGC), after a jury found it had infringed a patent related to the Steam Controller’s clickable back paddles. The patent for controller paddles (or back buttons as they’re also called) belongs to SCUF parent company Ironburg Inventions, who said that “Valve did know that its conduct involved an unreasonable risk of infringement, but it simply proceeded to infringe anyway.” 

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