Sony Interactive Entertainment is being sued by nine million claimants who accuse the company of “overpricing” PlayStation games, according to a report in Sky News, users of the gaming console maker have accused Sony of “cheating people” with games and in-game purchases on its online store, the outlet added. Collective action is the result of the efforts of rights champion Alex Neal. The legal action says consumers have been overcharged by 5 billion pounds (Rs 4,71,25,85,06,250) over the past six years. Sky News,
The complainants considered all purchases made in the UK since 19 August 2016 – games or add-on content – on their consoles or through the PlayStation Store. All such users may be entitled to potential compensation, outlet said further.
Estimated damages for each class member are 67 pounds (Rs. 6,317) and 562 pounds (Rs. 52,988) excluding interest.
The claimants have argued that the gaming giant charged a 30% commission on every digital game or in-game purchase made through the PlayStation Store.
Sony is yet to comment on this.
“The game is ready for Sony PlayStation. With this legal action I stand up for the millions of people in the UK who have been unknowingly overcharged. We believe Sony has abused its position and ripped off consumers,” Ms Neill told Sky News.
“Sony’s actions are costing millions of people who can’t afford it, especially when we’re in a survival crunch and consumers’ wallets are being squeezed like never before,” she added.