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Sony could face a $7.9 billion lawsuit over charging extra fees for games available on the PlayStation Store

Sony could face a $7.9 billion lawsuit over charging extra fees for games available on the PlayStation Store

Last year, Sony Interactive Entertainment was sued by nearly nine million people in the UK who purchased its digital games or supplemental content through Sony’s PlayStation Store.

Sony is about to face a lawsuit worth up to $7.9 billion over alleged allegations that the PlayStation maker abused its position to unfairly price customers, a London court has ruled, a London court has told Reuters.

Last year, Sony Interactive Entertainment was sued by nearly nine million people in the UK who purchased its digital games or supplemental content through Sony’s PlayStation Store.

Consumer rights lawyer Alex Neal is suing Sony for $6.23 billion plus interest. The lawyer claims that the company abused its dominant position in the market by requiring that digital games and add-ons be bought and sold only through the PlayStation Store, which charges a 30% commission to programmers and publishers.

The complaint alleges that customers paid higher prices for games and additional content than they should have paid. Sony’s lawyers have previously argued that the case was a “failure from beginning to end” and should be dismissed.

However, the Competition Appeal Tribunal ruled that Neal’s case could continue, provided that people who made purchases in PlayStation stores after the case was opened in 2022 are excluded from the process.

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