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Sony Fined Millions Of Euros for ‘Misleading’ PlayStation Consumers

Sony Fined 2 Million Euro's For Deceiving Playstation Customers By Regulatory Body AGCOM.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

/ by Travis Jones

  • Sony Fined Millions Of Euros for ‘Misleading’ PlayStation Consumers
  • Sony Fined 2 Million Euro's For Deceiving Playstation Customers



Sony is getting a pretty firm slap on the wrist from Italy’s competition regulatory body AGCOM. AGCOM has subjected Sony to a fine for allegedly misleading consumers about online multiplayer, which very often requires a PlayStation Plus subscription. 


According to Resetera, AGCOM fined Sony a cool €2 million claiming that the Japanese electronic giant doesn’t make it clear on the PS4’s packaging nor their online website, which includes the PSN Store, that they have to purchase a separate subscription to play the games online.
On the PlayStation 4 console packaging, language about PlayStation Plus requirements is packed into the center of some very fine print, and there’s no warning about a mandatory subscription on the front of game boxes. Similarly, it’s hard to find any mention of a PlayStation Plus requirement when buying a game through the PlayStation Store. AGCOM submits that this is misleading to consumers. The anti-trust organization covered the issue in their 2019 Bulletin, which you can read here.







Microsoft and Nintendo seems to be safe from the accusations. What is two million euros to Sony? It’s a drop in the ocean. Two million euros isn’t the point, though. The point is that Sony is now under the watchful gaze of a parliament-elected regulatory body and, if change isn’t put into effect soon, Sony could be subjected to further, more serious fines. Which will be a huge humiliation to Sony. What do you think about this fine? Let's know your opinion in the comments below.

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