Valve – Million fine for Valve and other game companies


 The  EU Commission has fined Valve and some other publishers a million dollar fine. ©

 The  reason for this is the geoblocking practices that prevent players from playing certain games in other EU countries.

Valve is said to pay 1.6 million euros


 The  competition guardians of the EU have sentenced the operator of the game distribution platform Steam to a payment of 1.6 million euros. In addition to Valve, Capcom, Bandai Namco, Focus Home, Koch Media and Zeni Max were also fined.


 The  reason for these high fines are the geo-blocking measures of the game companies. This would have prevented consumers from using their games in other EU countries. For example, certain activation codes could only be activated within certain national borders. A total of around 100 games are said to be affected.

Valve refused to cooperate with the EU Commission, that’s why their penalty is so high. ©

 The  other five companies are said to pay fines between 340,000 and 2.9 million euros. Because they worked with the commission, their sentence is said to have been reduced by 10 to 15 percent. ©

 The  amount from Bandai Namco, compared to Valve, is just 340,000 euros.

For the competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, the imposed penalties are a reminder that EU competition law prohibits companies from contractually restricting cross-border sales.

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