Lawsuits are the order of the day in the video game industry. The reasons for the lawsuits are very diverse and in some cases they are due to the malfunction of a device such as the controllers of various consoles or in others due to the actions of some companies at the time of doing business.
We now know that Sony is facing a new class action lawsuit in which it is alleged that the company has a monopoly that allows it to charge supra-competitive prices for various games. These prices are significantly higher than when compared to physical games and higher when compared to digital retailers on other platforms such as PC.
The lawsuit alleges that Sony has prevented retailers such as Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy and Walmart from selling digital game codes over the years since April 1, 2019.
That is why the lawsuit speaks of a monopoly in the sale of digital games for PlayStation consoles. In fact, the lawsuit states that users have had to spend 175% more for a digital game that in physical format could be found much cheaper.
“Since delivery of digital content to PlayStation consoles requires access to Sony’s PlayStation Network, the new policy established the PlayStation Store as the only source from which consumers can purchase digital PlayStation games and the only source from which that video game publishers can sell digital PlayStation games. “
At the moment Sony has not made statements about this lawsuit, but it is certain that its legal team is already working on a response that prevents them from having consequences that involve a change in policy or economic losses.