Playstation under fire with new lawsuit

Sony found itself under fire this week after a new lawsuit was filed against the company that co-branded PlayStation games. In general, we have seen lawsuits raised in the past against various game companies such as Nintendo, Xbox, and more. However, more often than not, these past lawsuits tend to involve faulty hardware. Conversely, these new claims that Sony is dealing with don’t involve physical hardware at all, and instead, involve digital goods.

mentioned for the first time before Sky NewsThis new lawsuit targeting PlayStation is in the Mass Action category and originates from the United Kingdom. Specifically, the lawsuit in question alleges that Sony “rip people apart” by charging a 30% commission on every game sold through the PlayStation Store. Alex Neill, the person who made the allegations, says that PlayStation owners have been subjected to overcharges for their purchases in the digital market since 2016 of nearly $6 billion. In turn, Neal believes that anyone who has purchased games, DLC, or various other items through the PlayStation Store since August 2016 is entitled to compensation between approximately $75 and $660.

Obviously, Sony getting discounts from digital sales on the PlayStation Store is no different from the practices that are done on Steam, the Microsoft Store, and various other platforms. However, Neil and the group behind it seem to confirm that without those commission costs in the first place, the prices of games on the PS Store would be much lower as a result.

“The game is left to Sony PlayStation,” Neal told Sky News. “Through this legal action, I am defending the millions of people in the UK who have been inadvertently overcharged. We believe that Sony has abused its site and stolen its customers. […] Sony’s actions are costing millions of people who cannot afford it, especially when we are in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis and the consumer wallet is under pressure like never before.”

At this time, it remains to be seen what will happen to this suit in the long run. Lawsuits like this always deserve attention, but in all likelihood, we won’t hear anything else about this for some time. If there are any updates in the future, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop here at



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