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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coldcut wrote on Apr 5, 2019, 11:23:
It seems wrong to have the exact same (digital or not) product differ in price by more than 60-70% only by crossing some borders, especially if you pay in the "same" Euro currency. For example, in Poland you pay around half the price for food as you would in Germany (give or take). For me it's kind of hard to understand why my Euro gives me twice the amount of stuff in another country.

Take a 50% pay cut, lower your standard of living, go enjoy cheaper food in Poland at the expense of a lot of other things ?

I always thought it was pretty obvious why some countries have higher cost of living, but if the Germans are confused by it...
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