Sony Faces Lawsuit Over Not Allowing Third Party Digital Sales
If you’ve wondered why it’s near impossible to pick up a digital code for a PlayStation title, it’s because Sony is restricting digital purchases to the PlayStation Store. A new report from Bloomberg reports on the lawsuit Sony is facing.
With a proposed class-action lawsuit pending, it is said that Sony has stopped third-party retailers including Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart from selling download codes for PlayStation games two years ago.
As a result of this decision, the only way to purchase digital PlayStation games is through the PlayStation Store.
“Sony’s monopoly allows it to charge supracompetitive prices for digital PlayStation games, which are significantly higher than their physical counterparts sold in a competitive retail market, and significantly higher than they would be in a competitive retail market for digital games,” the consumers claim in the lawsuit.
In the article from Bloomberg, it’s mentioned that people pay upwards of 175% more for downloadable games as opposed to disk-based copies.