A class action is filed against Sony in the UK accuses the game station company to “scam people” in its digital store.
The legal claim, brought by consumer rights advocate Alex Neill, claims that Sony is violating competition law by demanding a cut of every purchase made from the PlayStation Store.
According to the claim, gamers in the UK have been “overcharged” for digital purchases by £5 billion ($5.9 billion) over the course of the last six years.
The claim, which was brought to the Competition Court of Appeal last week, says it includes anyone in the UK who has purchased games or DLC through the PlayStation Store since August 19, 2016, which is said to have they are about 9 million people.
If the action is successful, each person would be entitled to damages of between £67 and £562, plus interest.
The argument ostensibly revolves around the terms and conditions that Sony imposes on developers and publishers who want to sell games and add-on content through PlayStation digital stores.
Sony keeps 30% of each purchase made, as does Vapor, xbox and the app store (Epic he takes 12% lower, and it is this cut that Neill claims is “ripping people off.”
It’s unclear if the lawsuit claims that Sony shouldn’t charge any commission on third-party sales on its digital stores, or if the 30% should simply be reduced.
“Game over for Sony PlayStation,” Neill said in a statement. sky news.
“With this legal action I am defending the millions of people in the UK who have been unknowingly overcharged. We believe that Sony abused its position and defrauded its customers.
“Gaming is now the UK’s largest entertainment industry, ahead of TV, video and music, and many vulnerable people rely on games for community and connection.
“Sony’s actions are costing millions of people who can’t afford it, particularly when we’re in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis and consumers’ pockets are being squeezed like never before.”
Natasha Pearman, a partner leading the case, added: “Sony dominates the digital distribution of PlayStation games and game content; has implemented an anti-competitive strategy that has resulted in excessive prices for customers that are blown out of proportion. to the costs of Sony providing its services.
Last month Sony successfully convinced a US court to dismiss another lawsuit which alleged that the PlayStation Store was anti-competitive.
The lawsuit alleged that due to the fact that Sony only sells digital copies of PlayStation games on the PlayStation Store, it had illegally monopolized the market.
However, according to the ruling, the plaintiffs – a group of gamers who buy games on the PlayStation Store – had to show that the decision to only sell games on the PlayStation Store was aimed at cutting off competition and had ended up with a profitable business. company to take control of the market.
Judge Richard Seeborg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California concluded that this had not been adequately tested.
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