Sony once again reaps what they sow as the company is now facing a collective lawsuit for the sum of £5 Billion British pounds or the equivalent of $5.87 Billion USD.
Before I elaborate further into detail about the lawsuit in question, a little more information is necessary as to why this has come to bite Sony and the PlayStation brand in the ass.
Many years ago, Amazon used to offer a service, from around 2016 to the latter stages of 2019, Amazon Prime members were given discounts of 20% off when pre-ordering (digital) video games from its platform, this then changed to a $10 gift card voucher on selected games only.
Sony among likes of big name publishers like EA Games would take evasive action against lost profits from digital sales by outright refusing the sale of their games through Amazon.
So obviously, the main reason for Amazon to drop this service, who were shaving off 20% for digital games was obviously Sony.
Who in turn are now facing a class action lawsuit for their own pricing for digital games on the PlayStation Store, although just in the country of the Jewnited Kuckdom.
Can’t say I feel much sympathy for either Sony of the collective amount of retarded consumers who’ve been swindled into buying digitized goods for their garbage consoles reliant upon subscription services for online connectivity.
The class action lawsuit in question is fronted by Alex Neill, a “consumer rights advocate” who of course is a woman, either way it is alleged that Sony are blatantly abusing customers through PlayStation Store sales of digital content with a 30% commission on every sale.
The claim was filed with the Competition Appeal Tribunal, for UK citizens who’ve bought video games and or DLC via the PlayStation Store since August 19th 2016, with a reported count of over six gorillion individuals affected.
If the action is successful, britbongs would be entitled to compensation between £67 (79 USD) and £562 (664 USD) British Pounds in damages, plus interest.
Though I doubt much action will be taken against Sony, considering the likes of Microsoft, Valve and other game storefronts charge excessive commission fees on every sale of which Alex Neill believes to be excessive and ripping people off.
“With this legal action I am standing up for the millions of UK people who have been unwittingly overcharged,” said Neill. “We believe Sony has abused its position and ripped off its customers.
“Gaming is now the biggest entertainment industry in the UK, ahead of TV, video, and music, and many vulnerable people rely on gaming for community and connection. The actions of Sony is costing millions of people who can’t afford it, particularly when we’re in the midst of a cost of living crisis and the consumer purse is being squeezed like never before.”
Which is true, but that’s (((commercialism))) for you, companies such as Sony among others have gradually phased out physical sales in favor of digital copies for the same numerical value, increasing profit margins and decreasing consumers right because of course if you buy something digitally you don’t actually own squat.
We’ve reached a point where companies such as Sony are going so far as to release cucked consoles without a disc drive, for the entire purpose of pushing digital sales all the more further.
But considering how much I relish the thought of companies like Sony being fucked, the likelihood of this class action resulting in success is pure delusion, on top of opening the flood gates against other companies for their absurd commission fees, Sony recently threw out a US lawsuit siting anti-consumer practices with the PlayStation Store.