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Sony PlayStation Sued £5B In New UK Class Action Suit

 |  August 22, 2022

Sony PlayStation is being sued for £5bn in the UK over allegations it “ripped off its customers” with overpriced games and in-game purchases.

The group legal action, led by consumer rights champion Alex Neill, could see almost nine million gamers compensated.

It claims Sony PlayStation breached competition law, imposing unfair terms and conditions on games’ developers and publishers, and driving up prices.

“The game is up,” said Ms Neill. Sony PlayStation has yet to comment.

The claim, filed at the Competition Appeal Tribunal, alleges the gaming company abused its position as the market leader to impose terms and conditions on games’ developers and publishers, including a 30% commission on every digital game or in-game purchase made through the online PlayStation Store.

The legal case claims Sony PlayStation’s actions have driven up prices for consumers, resulting in customers being “unwittingly overcharged” for digital gaming purchases by up to a total of £5bn over the past six years.

The estimated damages per individual in the claim is said to be between £67 and £562. 

It applies to any customer who has purchased digital games or add-on content on their console or through the PlayStation Store since August 2016.

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