Steam : des millions d’euros d’amende pour Valve, Capcom, Koch Media…

23 Janvier, 2021, 17:33 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Une amende UE de 7,8 millions d'euros pour le géo-blocage de jeux vidéo

Dans une communiqué de presse, la Commission Européenne déclare que la plateforme PC Steam et cinq autres éditeurs mentionnés ci-dessus ont restreint l'accès à leurs jeux PC d'après la location géographique au sein de l'Espace Economique Européen.

La Commission européenne a infligé à Valve, propriétaire de la plateforme de jeux sur PC en ligne " Steam", et aux cinq éditeurs Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media et ZeniMax des amendes d'un montant total de 7,8 millions d'euros pour des pratiques de " blocage géographique", a-t-elle annoncé mercredi. Pour la Commission Européenne, c'est un fait: "Les utilisateurs situés en dehors d'un État membre désigné ne pouvaient pas activer certains jeux vidéo sur PC à l'aide des clés d'activation Steam". Un blocage qui a concerné notamment la République Tchèque, la Pologne, la Hongrie, la Roumanie, la Slovaquie, l'Estonie, la Lettonie ou encore la Lituanie.

Les 5 éditeurs ont accepté de coopérer avec la Comission et ont vu leur amende réduite, tandis que Valve a "choisi de ne pas coopérer " et doit payer une amende de 1,6 million d'euros.

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Ces infractions ont concerné au total une centaine de jeux. "De telles pratiques privent les consommateurs européens des avantages du marché unique numérique de l'UE et de la possibilité de comparer les prix afin de trouver l'offre qui leur convient le mieux dans l'UE".

'Les mesures de répression prises aujourd'hui à l'encontre des pratiques de Valve et de cinq autres éditeurs doivent rappeler que, selon les règles concurrentielles européennes, il est interdit de limiter contractuellement les ventes transfrontalières', a déclaré la commissaire européenne Margrethe Vestager (en charge de la concurrence). Ces éditeurs ayant coopéré à l'enquête, contrairement à Valve, ont bénéficié de réductions de 10% ou 15%.

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