EU fines Valve and major game publishers for geo-blocking titles


Almost two years later deposit fee, the European Union calls for remedies from Valve and other publishers for geo-blocking games. The European Commission imposed a fine Valve, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and Bethesda own ZeniMax for a total of 7.8 million euros (over $ 9.4 million) for restricting access to certain Steam games between countries of the EU. This decision violated competition law prohibiting companies restrict cross-border sales in the Union, officials said.

According to the Commission, there were various geo-blocking and “concerted practices” agreements between Valve and publishers from September 2010 to October 2015. Publishers saw their fines reduced by at least 10% for cooperating with regulators, but Valve faces a full penalty (over 1.6 million euros, or over $ 1.9 million) for fight the accusations.

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