Sony sued for $5.9 billion for overpricing content on the PlayStation Store

Claim says Sony UK has been using an anti-competitive strategy to boost profits.
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A consumer lawsuit has been filed against Sony for monopolistic practices on the PlayStation Store. The company might have to pay up to $5.9 billion for exploiting over 9 million users.

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Alex Neill, CEO of Resolver Group and former Managing Director of Which UK, shared the official website for the lawsuit on Twitter and, in another tweet, used these words to explain the situation:

“On Friday, I brought a collective action legal claim against Sony PlayStation, which argues that the games console giant breached competition law by unlawfully overcharging PlayStation customers.”

The claim itself is built upon several solid arguments. Neill states that Sony has complete control over the PlayStation Store with no supervision and has every opportunity to turn it into a monopoly.

This sort of control gives Sony the upper hand against game developers and allows them to enforce strict terms and conditions. These terms enable Sony to set the price of games and in-game content, as the company adds a 30% commission on purchases from the PlayStation Store.

Along with the added commission, the prices become too bloated for consumers, making it an unfair market. Sony’s expenses for the services rendered are much lower than the amount of overpricing on the PlayStation Store.

Neill is collaborating with Milberg London LLP, who are the leading solicitors acting in this claim. As a team, they say their mission is “To help thousands of consumers and numerous SMEs take on large multi-national defendants.”

Apple and Google also charge a 30% commission on the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively. Epic Games sued both Google and Apple to avoid the commission rate on the virtual stores in a lawsuit that spurred from a similar reason.

Sony changed its policy in 2019 to become the sole market for PlayStation games. The company was also sued in the US in a similar lawsuit for anti-competitive acts on the PlayStation Store, but the case was dismissed.

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