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Valve Fined for Geo-Blocking

Valve declined to cooperate with the EU!

The European Commission is fining Valve, Capcom, Bandai Namco, Focus Home, Koch Media, and ZeniMax $9.4 million over the practice of “Geo-blocking”.

Geo-blocking is when a platform holder forces users in one country to pay the set price for only that country. Instead, they should allow people to purchase the game somewhere else within Europe where is could be cheaper.

Press Release:

The European Commission says “Steam and five other publishers restricted cross-border sales of PC games based on geographical location in the EEA. The five publishers agree to cooperate with the Commission and saw a decrease in the fine. But Valve is not cooperating and is being fined over $1.9 million USD.

“Today’s sanctions against the “Geo-Blocking” practices of Valve and five PC game publishers serve as a reminder. That under EU competition law, Companies are prohibited from contractually restricting cross-border sales. Such practices deprive European consumers benefits of the EU Digital Single Market. Along with the opportunity to shop around for the most suitable offer in the EU.”

– Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice Preseident

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