Sony is accused of “defrauding people” on its online store and is being sued with a £5 billion fine. The legal claim is led by Alex Neill , the former UK chief executive, and was filed with the Competition Court of Appeals last week.
Sony allegedly violated competition law by charging a 30% commission on digital games and in-game purchases on the PlayStation Store . Sony is accused of abusing market power by imposing unfair terms and conditions on game developers and publishers and forcing them to raise prices for consumers, Sky News reports.
Nine Million People Allegedly ‘Defrauded’
The legal action states that as much as £5bn more has been charged from consumers. In the UK, anyone who has purchased content from the store since 19 August 2016 is included in the claim and is potentially entitled to compensation. It is said that about nine million people are included in this cluster . This means that the estimated damages per claimant are between £67 and £562 excluding interest .
The 30% cut Sony takes is the same and industry standard as other gaming companies like Microsoft, Steam and the App Store. It is unclear at this point why Sony is the sole target of this claim in this case. “Game over for Sony,” said Alex Neill . said.