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, 12:34
El Pit
 
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Re: EU vs Valve and Others Over Geo-Blocking Apr 5, 2019, 12:34
Apr 5, 2019, 12:34
 El Pit
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 5, 2019, 11:49:
CJ_Parker wrote on Apr 5, 2019, 11:33:
Globalization FTW!

If a publisher buys cheap labor in a shithole country then I wanna be able to buy the game cheap from a shithole country. Fair's fair, bitches.

Fuck geo-blocking and FUCK Valve. Go, go, go EU! Zap 'dem muthafuckas haarrrrrrrddd.

But that actually works out well for you.
The way it works now, games are basically pegged at average salary. So a game is more expensive in the UK, where people earn a lot, than in Albania, where they do not. This gives incentive for everyone to buy.

What will happen now is that Albania's prices will rocket up. The people in countries paying more won't see lower prices, but fewer Albanians will be able to buy, and more will either not play the game or not buy and instead pirate.

In the long run, Albanians have fewer games to play, which is bad. Developers will earn less, as fewer people will be playing or more will be pirating. And the people in wealthier countries will be paying the same amount for games that now have smaller communities, and were developed with fewer resources and smaller forecasts and therefore have fewer features (or more half-baked features.)

Everyone loses, but hey, at least the pricing is equal (but not fair!)

Yes, most likely corporate greed (and not fair pricing!!!) will make games in other countries now "more expensive". But actually they won't be more expensive - they will just have the same price as in other countries.

There is no reason why in a country with the same currency (Euro) as in other countries the citizens of this country have to pay less Euros than citizen in another country. This is how the gray markets got started - and in the end, this is what the EU wants: the end of the gray markets.

Or we should have different prices locked to personal income even inside each country - would you think this to be fair? Give a game for a buck to somebody living on social welfare but make somebody else pay maybe $200 for exactly the same product?

Some billionaires are all about ONE WORLD - ONE PEOPLE. All I ask from those guys is ONE WORLD - ONE PRICE. For ONE PEOPLE...

This comment was edited on Apr 5, 2019, 12:51.
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