Sony Interactive Entertainment has been hit by consumers with a proposed class action lawsuit, alleging that the company is restricting purchase of PlayStation games to the PlayStation Store.
The class action lawsuit alleges that the hardware manufacturer prevented the sale of download codes for PlayStation titles at Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart about two years ago. This made PlayStation Store the only outlet for digital titles, he adds.
Sony’s monopoly allows it to charge super competitive prices for digital PlayStation games, which are significantly higher than their physical counterparts sold in a competitive retail market, and significantly higher than in a competitive digital game retail market.
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The suit added that consumers end up paying a whopping 175% more for downloadable games than for the same titles on disc.
As mentioned, this is just a proposed class action lawsuit; many of these aren’t getting off the ground, so there’s no guarantee it will go anywhere at this point.
[Source – Bloomberg]