Sony Sued For Restricting Its Digital Game Sales To PlayStation Store

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Two years ago, Sony stopped selling digital download codes for its games through retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. And now the gaming giant has been hit with a class-action lawsuit.

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Bloomberg reports that the proposed suit—Caccuri v. Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC in a San Francisco U.S. District Court—alleges that limiting the digital purchase of PlayStation games to the company’s own store creates an unlawful monopoly, as there is no other source from which to purchase them.

According to the suit, “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.”

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DISCUSSION

Seething-Hatred
Seething Hatred

As a PS5 digital owner, I support this lawsuit.  On one hand, you knew what I knew what I was getting into when getting a disc-less PS5.  On the other hand, having a potential option for cheaper games is always welcome.