Sony Interactive Entertainment is getting sued for restricting the purchases of PlayStation games to its in-house PlayStation Store. According to the proposed class action suit, the Japanese gaming giant began operating as an unlawful monopoly after its decision to prevent major third-party retailers (e.g., Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart) from selling download codes for PlayStation games around two years ago. In doing so, Sony made its own PlayStation Store the only source for digital PlayStation games, it’s argued.
Sony is operating an unlawful monopoly by restricting purchases of PlayStation games to its inhouse store, consumers claimed in a lawsuit https://t.co/8bPOLhge02— Bloomberg (@business) May 6, 2021
“Sony’s monopoly allows it to charge supracompetitive prices for digital PlayStation games, which are significantly higher than their physical counterparts sold in a competitive retail market, and significantly higher than they would be in a competitive retail market for digital games,” the consumers said. People end up paying as much as 175% more for downloadable games than the same ones on disk, according to the suit.