Playstation is being sued in the UK for overpriced digital goods. The lawsuit, filed by the plaintiff, argues that Sony breached antitrust laws by charging too much for digital games and in-game purchases. (Source: The Mirror.co.uk )
While this isnt here in the US, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at for the concept of monopolization of digital tech in the gaming industry. There isnt a whole lot of information out quite yet but here is what we could find out.
They claim Sony holds a monopoly over the gaming industry in the UK which has gone well over all other forms of entertainment, and that they are taking a 30% commission on digital goods, and are overcharging gamers in the UK to mke up for it.
If successful, this could net millions of Playstation owners a share of £5billion.
In 2013, the European Commission fined Sony €250 million for breaking antitrust laws. This case is different, however, as it’s being brought by a private individual rather than a government body.
It’s not clear yet how strong the case is, but if Playstation is found to have breached antitrust laws again, it could be in for a very hefty fine. We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.
What do you think? Is Playstation a monopoly in the UK (Not in the US obviously)? Should antitrust laws be stricter for big tech companies? Let us know in the comments below.
Natasha Pearman, partner at law firm Milberg London LLP, is leading the case. Ms Pearman has said:
“This is a landmark case which could have huge implications, not just for the games industry, but also for other digital markets.”
If you’re a fan of Playstation or gaming in general, this case is definitely one to keep an eye on if you purchase digital games anywhere in the world.
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