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Nov 20 (Reuters) - A defunct tech startup that helped "Fortnite" maker Epic Games and other customers provide fast internet connections has sued Amazon.com's (AMZN.O) cloud-computing unit AWS, accusing it of unlawfully ending a web-traffic agreement and driving it out of business.
Wyoming-based Subspace omega LLC filed its lawsuit against Amazon Web Services on Saturday in Seattle federal court, alleging violations of U.S. antitrust law and other state and federal laws. Subspace said it was seeking $417 million in damages.
Subspace shuttered in 2022 after five years in operation, following a move by AWS to end its "peering" agreement with the company, according to the lawsuit. Such arrangements let networks connect, often without cost to each other, to facilitate better web service to end users.
Subspace has claimed that Amazon's move to end its agreement meant the company could no longer perform under its contract for Epic Games, which Subspace said was its largest client.