Valve and Five Game Publishers Fined

Valve and Five Game Publishers Fined

The European Commission has imposed fines on Valve and five major game publishers for alleged companies violating EU antitrust rules. Steam game publishers in question are; Koch Media, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, and ZeniMax (Bethesda). The fines in question came directly by Valve’s European Commission.

The reason was the violation of EU antitrust rules. Also, the restriction of cross-border sales of certain PC games in geographic locations within the European Economic Area (EEA). In addition, the situation works a little differently for Valve. Especially because other publishers received a discount for collaborating with the investigation; while Valve claimed to cooperate, but there was no discount.

The European Commission has imposed fines on Valve and five major game publishers for alleged companies violating EU antitrust rules.

A huge amount of fines for Valve, Capcom, Koch Media, ZeniMax, Bandai Namco, and Focus Home

Valve and other game publishers prevented approximately 100 PC games from activating and playing based on the location of consumers. “The sanctions imposed today against geo-blocking practices by Valve and five PC video game publishers are a reminder that companies are prohibited from contractually restricting cross-border sales under EU competition law,” said Margrethe Vestager, Vice President of the European Commission.

The European Commission has imposed fines on Valve and five major game publishers for alleged companies violating EU antitrust rules.

In addition, “Such practices deprive European consumers of the EU Digital Single Market advantages and the opportunity to shop for the best offer in the EU,” completed her words.

Howover, on this issue, a Valve spokesperson spoke to Eurogamer, denied the allegations, and said he would appeal the decision. “During the seven-year investigation, Valve fully collaborated by providing all the requested evidence and information to the commission,” he said. He also added, “We do not agree with these findings and we plan to challenge the decision.” Finally, click here to read more game news.