The British Competition Appeal Tribunal has allowed a class action against Sony. A Brit sued the PlayStation manufacturer last year over charging a 30 percent commission on the PlayStation Store. The claim states that consumers pay too much for the games.
The cat states that the order, which was started by consumer lawyer Alex Neal, may appear in court. Sony asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit because the company believed it had no chance, but the Court of Appeal did not agree to that. The CAT concluded that the console manufacturer had not proven that the class action claim was not based on reasonable grounds and had no chance of success in a court of law. It stipulates that people who made purchases from the PlayStation Store after the case was filed must be removed from the list of participants in the class action.
Alex Neill initiated the lawsuit against Sony in 2022. According to Neill, Sony is exploiting its dominant position in digital game distribution for PlayStation consoles. The claim states that Sony only allows digital PlayStation games to be purchased through its own store and charges a 30 percent commission. Since developers have no alternative way to sell their games digitally, they cannot avoid that thirty percent commission, the court said. The class action claim states that consumers pay too much for digital games and downloadable content (DLC) from the PlayStation Store. Neil therefore demands up to £562 per client. The total amount could reach 5 billion pounds sterling, or about 5.4 billion euros at current exchange rates.
Neal said in a statement on Tuesday that the ruling is “the first step in ensuring consumers get back what they are entitled to.” Reuters writes. The news agency reported that Sony did not respond to a request for comment.
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