Sony has declared war on retailers for digital games on PlayStation Store. Sony does not want digital games in its store to be sold on other sites. Sony, which has become a kind of monopolist, has struggled with the big chain grocery stores. At the heart of the case is that digital games in chain stores or websites are cheaper than the PlayStation digital store.
Sony sues retailers selling digital PlayStation games
Sony claims to have a monopoly on digital PlayStation games. The lawsuit is based on Sony’s desire to limit sales of digital games to the PlayStation Store, Bloomberg reported. The lawsuit mainly refers to Sony’s sale of digital game codes from third-party retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart in 2019. Sony doesn’t want these retailers to sell their digital games.
According to the people behind the case, the app allows the company to control game prices compared to physical games sold in retail. Sony can keep the prices of physical games steady, while third-party retailers can’t keep the prices of digital games steady. When players want to buy digital games from PlayStation Store, they face a price difference of 175 percent compared to third-party retailers.
As such, players naturally prefer the cheap one. Sony doesn’t want third-party retailers to sell digital games cheaply. The case was filed in San Francisco District Court. It’s unclear when the case will conclude.
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