Mon. Jun 24th, 2019

European Commission demands Valve stop geo-blocking games inside the EU

European Commission demands Valve stop geo-blocking games inside the EU

The European Commission (EC) has been looking into how PC video games are bought and sold within EU Member States, and it doesn’t like what it’s seen. Issuing an official statement of objections today, directed at Valve, whose Steam online portal is the biggest store for PC games in the world, and five game publishers — Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media, and ZeniMax — the Commission takes the view that they’ve all engaged in antitrust violations by putting geographic restrictions on the games they sell.

Valve and the five publishers are accused of geo-locking Steam activation keys for games sold primarily in Eastern Europe (Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and in some cases Romania, according to…

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Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/5/18296527/european-commission-valve-antitrust-objections-games-price

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