Developers and publishers who want to sell content on the PlayStation can only do so digitally through the PlayStation Store. This is accompanied by rules and percentages regarding the payment of commission, which Sony itself determines. This has given them a dominant position, which has led to excessively high prices.
This is according to Alex Neill, a consumer rights advocate, in the United Kingdom. Therefore, he filed a class action against Sony PlayStation and the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has now ruled that the case allowed to continue and will be brought to court.
Neill argues that Sony, from a monopoly position, imposes a 30% commission on sellers on each sale. This, in turn, leads to high and unfair prices for consumers. As a result, Sony has earned an extra £5 billion, which is now the requirement in the case.
Sony initially responded to the case that it was messy from start to finish, but the CAT has assessed that the foundation of the case is certainly not unreasonable. That is why it will be able to go ahead and it now remains to be seen how this will develop further.
This so-called ‘class action suit’ includes anyone who lives or has lived in the United Kingdom and made a purchase on PlayStation Store between 19 August 2016 and 19 August 2022. Should Neill be vindicated, it could lead to compensation for each individual between £67 and £562.
It can take years for these cases to be finalized, so it will be a while before we hear more. This is a fairly important case, by the way, because if Neill is vindicated, it could be that similar cases will follow in more countries.