EU vs Valve and Others Over Geo-Blocking

European Union antitrust regulators are going after Valve and five other game companies over geo-blocking game activations, saying this violates EU regulations. This is a follow-up to news from two years ago that this was one a few potentially anticompetitive practices under investigation. This is outlined in a report on Reuters which says the other companies involved are Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, and ZeniMax. Word is an EU commission served the companies with what it calls a "statement of objections," allowing them to reply and request hearings. Here's an explanation:
Companies found guilty of anti-competitive behavior can be fined up to 10 percent of their annual global turnover.

The Commission said it was concerned that Valve and the five game publishers agreed to prevent cross-border sales by geo-blocking the ‘activation keys’ that enable consumers to be able to play games.

This may have prevented consumers from buying cheaper games available in other EU countries.

EU antitrust regulators opened its investigation in February 2017, at the same time also looking into online sales of electronics and hotel rooms.

EU rules prohibit geographically based restrictions that undermine online shopping and cross-border sales. Last month, it fined Nike for blocking cross-border sales of soccer merchandise.
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Apr 5, 2019, 12:05
Kxmode
 
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 Kxmode
 
roguebanshee wrote on Apr 5, 2019, 11:30:
Kxmode wrote on Apr 5, 2019, 11:15:
Companies found guilty of anti-competitive behavior can be fined up to 10 percent of their annual global turnover.

Does this mean they'll go after Epic for both non-compliance with the GDPR and anti-competitive behavior?
If store exclusivity was illegal, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo would all be in even worse trouble than Epic.

Good point. Well, there's still that GDPR issue looming.
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