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 8, 2019, 08:50
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Apr 8, 2019, 08:50
 Beamer
 
ZeroPike1 wrote on Apr 6, 2019, 14:44:
Beamer wrote on Apr 6, 2019, 11:54:
ZeroPike1 wrote on Apr 6, 2019, 10:51:
Jonjonz wrote on Apr 6, 2019, 07:23:
I wish they would go after Google next and its region blocked vids next.

Region blocked vids, 100% would love that fixed. I mean its not often I get region blocked vids. But when it does happen, its super annoying.

You guys know that's not Google, right?

In this case, the EU is taking action because one corporate entity is doing this.
With what you're complaining about, Google literally only has the rights to the content in one geography. Someone entirely different owns it in another. Google cannot legally show it in the region you're in. They'd prefer to, but someone else has the rights to it.

You're angry at the wrong entity. Which, actually, is pretty common. Again, I'm sometimes really taken aback by how little some posters here understand things like this, despite some of those people posting about it endlessly. We're all near our 40s, shouldn't we know how businesses work? It's only a small percentage - most here either do know or simply ask questions, but unsurprisingly, the angriest always seem the least informed.

Wow good way to talk down to me unsuccessfully. I had ZERO reference as to blaming the Google for it. Jonjonz had the original blame for google. I was referencing Region locking vids in General the practice of it happening at all regardless of reasoning.

Its so amazing how often you have dippy posters who like to act like they know more then others. So uninformed! I'm taken aback myself at how little people understand things like this.


It's essentially impossible to prevent. Sorry. The rights holders are different across different geographies, and this will never, ever change. Doing so would be bad in many ways. Consider, for instance, how many Japanese companies have different forms of distribution than Western ones. If they held the global rights, these videos would never end up on YouTube. You'd have fewer videos floating around, rather than more videos, with some being region locked because the company posting it only owns the rights in their own particular country.

Also, you're very testy, and defensive. You replied in the quote to the guy blaming it, didn't correct him, made sense to assume you make the same assumption he did.
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