Sony representatives were unable to immediately comment on the complaint. (Photo: 123RF)
London. Japanese electronics and video game giant Sony is the subject of a £5bn class action lawsuit in the UK for abuse of dominance in software sold for its PlayStation.
The complaint was filed on August 19 with the Competition Court of Appeal by Alex Neal, chief executive of consumer protection website Resolve, on behalf of nearly 9 million Sony PlayStation buyers in the UK, following a statement posted on the site on Monday addressing the lawsuits. Playstationyouoweus.co.uk.
The complaint accuses Sony and PlayStation of violating competition laws and “robbing people” by charging a 30% commission on every digital game or in-game purchase from the PlayStation store.
“Video games are now the main form of entertainment in the UK, ahead of television, video, music (…). Sony stock is costing people millions they can’t afford to spend, especially as we go through a cost-of-living crisis,” Neal said in a statement.
Sony representatives were unable to immediately comment on the complaint.
For its part, video game maker Epic Games, which releases Fortnite, is waging a showdown with the American giant Apple, in particular in the United Kingdom.
In late November, a US federal judge ordered Apple to change the business model of its App Store, but the company appealed the decision.