It seemed that PlayStation had been winning the latest generation of the Console Wars, but Sony looks to have run through a major snag.
According to Sky News, the company is being sued for a total of £5 billion ($5.9 billion) over the price of games in the PlayStation Store, with Sony being accused of charging 30% commission when it comes to games.
The lawsuit comes from consumer rights advocate Alex Neill who claims, “With this legal action I am standing up for the millions of UK people who have been unwittingly overcharged. We believe Sony has abused its position and ripped off its customers.”
Natasha Pearman, who is a partner leading the case, also had this to say about Sony’s digital distribution tactic:
“Sony dominates the digital distribution of PlayStation games and in-game content; it has deployed an anti-competitive strategy which has resulted in excessive prices to customers that are out of all proportion to the costs of Sony providing its services.”
Sony is yet to make any statement addressing the lawsuit, but with the studio essentially dominating the market, I can imagine that this will be an uphill battle for the people who had filed that lawsuit. That being said, they must have a lot of overwhelming evidence if they want to go after the billion-dollar company.
If anything, I am always up for paying less for games, so if this could result in any change, that would be pretty great for consumers.