December 4, 2022
Sony PlayStation Corporation is facing a $6 billion damages lawsuit because it “exploited” consumers by making them pay large sums to buy electronic games or activate updates in the game.

The lawsuit is a class action lawsuit against the game company, filed by a woman named Alex Neil, who managed to garner millions of supporters by accusing the company of violating competition law by using her market power to impose unfair terms on game developers. and publishers, inflating prices for consumers. The company allegedly “stole people” by charging a 30 percent commission on every digital game and in-game purchase made through the PlayStation Store. The lawsuit alleges that consumers have also been overcharged for up to $6 billion in their digital game purchases over the past six years.

According to the lawsuit, filed in court on Friday, any UK resident who purchased digital games or add-on content on their console or PlayStation Store since August 19, 2016 is included in the lawsuit and likely eligible for compensation. Estimated damages per member of a covered class range from $80 to $660, excluding interest. “With this lawsuit, I am protecting millions of people in Britain who have been overcharged,” said Neal. “We believe that Sony has abused its position and taken advantage of its customers.” She added: “Gaming is currently the largest entertainment industry in the UK, ahead of television, video and music, and many vulnerable people depend on games for communication, communication and entertainment. Sony’s actions are costing millions of people who cannot afford it, especially as we live in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis that is putting unprecedented pressure on the consumer’s wallet.”

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