Valve, Capcom & Bethesda Fined $9.5 Million For “Geo-Blocking” PC Games – Kotaku1 min read

Image: ValveThe EU have actually fined Valve and five publishers an overall of EUR7.8 million (USD$ 9.5 million) over their practice of “geo-blocking” PC game sales on Steam, which generally indicates requiring users in a country (say, Germany) to just pay the German cost for a game, instead of letting them purchase a cheaper version of the very same video game from a different European country.Geo-blocking breaches EU antitrust rules, and so the 5 publishers mentioned– Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax (Bethesda)– were fined around EUR6.2 million. “Todays sanctions against the “geo-blocking” practices of Valve and five PC video game publishers serve as a suggestion that under EU competition law, business are prohibited from contractually restricting cross-border sales”, EU competition Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager says.

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