Playstation sued 5 Billion in Competition Law Breaches

Millions of gamers in the UK could bank a windfall from a £5bn lawsuit against Playstation maker Sony for 'ripping off' customers



A group legal action accuses Sony of 'ripping off' customers with unfair terms and conditions for game developers that pushed up prices


As reported by Sky News, consumer rights advocate Alex Neill - the ex-managing director of non-profit consumer advice organisation Which UK - is leading the legal action and said "the game is up for Sony PlayStation".


The lawsuit, filed with the Competition Appeal Tribunal on August 19, states that consumers have been overcharged for digital purchases of games and DLC as Sony is charging a 30% commission.


It claims by charging a 30 percent commission on digital games and in-game purchases on the PlayStation Store, Sony is in breach of competition law.


This would put estimated damages per claimant at between £67 and £562, excluding interest.


"The game is up for Sony PlayStation,"

said Neill.


"With this legal action I am standing up for the millions of UK people who have been unwittingly overcharged. We believe Sony has abused its position and ripped off its customers.
"Gaming is now the biggest entertainment industry in the UK, ahead of TV, video and music and many vulnerable people rely on gaming for community and connection. The actions of Sony is costing millions of people who can't afford it, particularly when we're in the midst of a cost of living crisis and the consumer purse is being squeezed like never before."