Sony faces class action lawsuit due to its monopolistic behavior


Recently, consumers claimed in a lawsuit that Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC) implemented an illegal monopoly by restricting its internal store to purchase PlayStation games.

In a proposed class-action lawsuit, gamers stated that Sony stopped allowing third-party retailers two years ago, including Inc., Best Buy Co., and Walmart. Inc.) sells download codes for PlayStation games.

Consumers said that through this approach, Sony’s PlayStation Store has become the only source of PlayStation digital games.

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Consumers said: “Sony’s monopoly position allows it to charge super-competitive prices for digital PlayStation games. This price is significantly higher than that of physical games sold in the highly competitive retail market, and it is also significantly higher than that of digital PlayStation games. The price in the retail game market.”

The content of the lawsuit pointed out that the cost for players to purchase downloadable games is 175% higher than that of the same disk game. Sony did not respond to a request for comment.

This case is Caccuri v. Sony Interactive Entertainment Co., No. 3:21-cv-03361, U.S. District Court, Northern California (San Francisco).

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