Sony is the target of a $30 billion lawsuit over alleged problems with the PS Store

Sony has been sued for £5 billion (about R$30 billion) for allegedly “stealing” people from its online games store, the PlayStation Store. The campaign is led by former director of Who?, Alex Neil, a figure who works for consumer rights in the UK.

The lawsuit was filed at the UK Competition Court of Appeal last week, alleging that the 30% tax on purchases of digital games and items purchased through the PlayStation Store is a breach of UK competition law. Neal accuses the Japanese company of using market power to impose unfair terms on game developers and publishers.

Promotion open to all Sony UK customers

According to the lawsuit, consumers were billed up to £5 billion for digital game purchases in the last six years alone. According to the lawsuit, anyone who purchased games or additional content for their console from the PlayStation Store after August 19, 2016 is included in the lawsuit and is entitled to potential compensation.

Sony was estimated to have injured at least nine million people, with individual damages estimated at £67 (about R$340, at current prices) and £562 (about R$2,900), without interest and corrections, in money. Neal said he believed Sony had abused its leadership position to “steal from its customers.”

Customers will have no costs in the processes

The process will be advised by the London law firm Milberg, led by one of the company’s partners, Natasha Pearman. According to him, Sony’s strategy for the digital distribution of PlayStation games and player content has anti-competitive features that have resulted in abusive prices for consumers, amounts disproportionate to Sony’s costs of providing its services.

The lawsuit is being sponsored by Woodsford, a team of litigation and arbitration experts focusing on large commercial claims. In addition, none of the members of the action will have to pay the expenses related to the process.

Source: Sky News

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