The EU Commission fines a PC gaming platform operator and five video game publishers €7.8 million for geo-blocking practices (Valve / Bandai Namco / Capcom / Focus Home / Koch Media / ZeniMax)

On 20 January 2021, the European Commission (the “Commission”) announced that it had fined the US company Valve, owner of the popular online PC gaming platform “Steam” (“Steam”), and five publishers of video games (Capcom, Bandai Namco, Koch Media, Focus Home Interactive and ZeniMax Media) a total of around € 7.8 million. The case concerned cross-border restrictions on the sale and use of video games in the EEA agreed between (i) the publishers (individually) and Valve concerning the use of games on Valve’s Steam platform and (ii) the publishers (individually) and some of their distributors concerning the sale of games by the distributors. Steam is one of the world’s largest online PC gaming platforms. It allows its users to directly download or stream PC video games from the platform, as

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Floris-Willem Dierickx, Andrzej Kmiecik, The EU Commission fines a PC gaming platform operator and five video game publishers €7.8 million for geo-blocking practices (Valve / Bandai Namco / Capcom / Focus Home / Koch Media / ZeniMax), 20 January 2021, e-Competitions January 2021, Art. N° 99385

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