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

by Jeremy

Nearly two years after filing charges, the European Union demands remedies from Valve and other publishers for geo-blocking games. The European Commission has fined Valve, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media, and Bethesda owner ZeniMax a total of €7.8 million (over $9.4 million) for restricting access to some Steam games between EU countries. The move violated competition law barring companies from restricting cross-border sales in the Union.

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Officials said. According to the Commission, there were varying geo-blocking agreements and “concerted practices” between Valve and the publishers from September 2010 through October 2015. The publishers saw their fines reduced by at least 10 percent for cooperating with regulators. Still, Valve faces a total penalty (over €1.6 million, or more than $1.9 million) for fighting the charges.

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