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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MeanJim wrote on Apr 5, 2019, 15:43:
Bodolza wrote on Apr 5, 2019, 15:01:
Beamer wrote on Apr 5, 2019, 13:43:
There's no reason, except that some countries average $85,000 per year for a family of four, and other countries, with the same currency, average $25,000.

And because they're part of the EU, those families are free to move and work in those other countries if they want the higher salary. Of course the cost of living will also be higher, so it might not be worth it, but they have the freedom to choose where they live and work.

So everything except video games is allowed to be adjusted for the local economy?

You can adjust to your local economy however you want. What you can not do is ask 400% of the price because the customer is German and only 20% because he is Polish. You can ask 400% (or 20%) of everyone....

By the way, the fact regional pricing (meaning the buyers region, not the sellers region) within the EU is illegal is well known, and the publishers had 6 !!! years to find a solution. The investigations started 2 years ago.

Actually I think I have to really explain that, when you buy something only thing that matters is that you are an EU citizen. A store can not have different prices for EU citizens just because they come from different parts of the EU. That's the root problem here. If you run a bakery then you price your stuff to be OK for your region and to make a profit, fair enough, and Germans and Polish people, or Greek people, can come to you and pay that price regardless of THEIR purchasing power difference. Publishers can NOT region lock keys in the EU and what steam is doing with regional pricing is equally illegal. And has been for years.

The fact that both Steam (and other stores) and publishers choose to ignore this is the root of this issue. The entire EU1 and EU2 region split on Steam is also illegal.
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