Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is facing a massive lawsuit worth up to £6.3 billion ($7.9 billion), accusing the company of abusing its dominant position in the UK video game market by charging excessive prices for digital games and add-on content through its website, the PlayStation Store.

Consumer advocate Alex Neill filed the lawsuit on behalf of nearly 9 million PlayStation users in the U.K., alleging that Sony is forcing consumers to pay unfairly high prices by mandating that users purchase digital games through the PlayStation Store and charging developers and publishers a 30 percent commission.

Sony faces massive lawsuit over PlayStation Store prices

Neil’s lawyers argue that the total damages caused by Sony’s practices could be as high as £6.3 billion.

Sony disputes the allegations, claiming that its business practices are legal and that the PlayStation Store offers competitive prices. The company also argued that Neil’s case should be dismissed due to procedural flaws.

In Tuesday’s ruling, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) ruled that Neil’s case could proceed, but not individuals who shopped at the PlayStation Store after the lawsuit was filed in 2022.

Neil hailed the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s ruling as a “significant victory” for consumers and is optimistic that the lawsuit will result in compensation for users affected by Sony’s behavior.

Sony has not yet responded to a request for comment on the CAT ruling.

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