Bethesda, Capcom, Valve and more: EU fines publishers millions


A bang in antitrust law – the EU Commission has fined Valve, owner of Steam, and five other video game publishers a million dollar fine.

  • From a total of 7.8 million euros fine, must Valve, Owners of Steam, pay 1.6 million euros.
  • A total of 6.2 million euros was paid against the video game publishers Capcom, Bandai Namco, Focus Home, Koch Media and Zeni Max (parent company of Bethesda *) fine imposed.
  • Reason for the fine was the use of geo-blocking practices for PC games on the Steam platform

Brussels Belgium The  European Commission has the owner of Steam, Valve, as well as the five video game publishers Capcom, Bandai Namco, Focus Home, Koch Media and Zeni Max with a Fine of a total of 7.8 million euros. © The  reason for this is according to the European Commission the use of Geoblocking practices been. Margrethe Vestager, the Executive Vice-President responsible for competition policy EU commission provides an official explanation for this.

Company Name Valve
CEO Gabe Newell
founding August 24, 1996, Kirkland, Washington, United States
sales Around $ 2 billion in 2020 (unconfirmed)
founder Gabe Newell, Mike Harrington
Developed platform Steam

European Commission: High fines for geoblocking – Steam owners and Co. have to pay

According to EU commission violated Valve and the five publishers below Capcom, against that EU antitrust law. Hence, they were with a Fine occupied by a total of 7.8 million euros. ©

 The  video game publisher Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and Zeni Max cooperated with the EU commission – your original one fine was therefore reduced to a total of 6.2 million euros. Valve, the owner of the distribution platform Steam, however, refused to work with the European Commission in Brussels. ©

 The refore, his fine was not reduced and the Commission gave him a fine of 1.6 million euros.


 The  companies violated that EU antitrust lawby the EU commission according to the cross-border sales of certain PC games to users in certain countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) restricted. In short: ©

 The y took advantage of the gaming platform Steam so-called Geoblocking practices out.

But what does the term actually mean? Geoblocking? By Geoblocking Internet content can be blocked due to its geographical origin. ©

 The  users of a country were thereby removed from the operator of Steam, Valve, and the video game publishers Capcom, Bandai Namco, Focus Home, Koch Media and Women Max forced to pay the price of their own country for a PC game. ©

 The  users of Steam so could not choose the offer that was cheapest for them. Electronic Arts, the publisher responsible for FIFA 21 *, also recently had to answer to court *.

European Commission: Geoblocking on Steam – numerous games from Bethesda and Co. affected

Margrethe Vestager, the Executive Vice-President responsible for competition policy EU commission, comments on the case in a press release: “More than half of all people in Europe play video games. ©

 The  video game industry in Europe is flourishing and now has a market volume of more than EUR 17 billion. ©

 The  fines imposed today for geo-blocking practices by Valve and five PC video game publishers serve as a reminder that EU competition law prohibits companies from contractually restricting cross-border sales. Such practices prevent consumers in Europe from taking advantage of the digital single market and being able to choose the best offer across the EU. “

Magrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission

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Choosing the cheapest game freely across national borders was up Steam not possible for many games. Affected by the use of the Geoblocking on Steam were loud EU commission about 100 PC games of different genres. Of the Geoblocking practice on the gaming platform Steam can the EU commission According to the injured party, i.e. private individuals and companies, before the courts of the EU member states sue for damages. That of the EU commission in Brussels imposed fine is independent of claims for damages and is not reduced. ©

 The  developer CD Project Red also had to fight one or two legal disputes *. * is part of the Ippen-Digital network.

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